blissblog: Spectres of Mark: The State of the Debt, the Work of Mourning

blissblog: Spectres of Mark: The State of the Debt, the Work of Mourning


Nice riff on the spookiness of vocals in Burial's work here by Reynolds...

https://pitchfork.com/features/article/why-burials-untrue-is-the-most-important-electronic-album-of-the-century-so-far/

"Vocal science derives its frisson from the juxtaposition of something intimate and bodily—the human voice—with cold-blooded technicality. Chopping and resequencing a vocal performance into a new shape is like vivisection and Frankenstein-style recombination. “I cut up a capellas and made different sentences, even if they didn’t make sense but they summed up what I was feeling,” Burial told The Wire. The remark shows how his artistry involves literally speaking through the voices of others, but it also points to the spookiness of sampling in general, and vocal science in particular. Really, it’s closer to sorcery than science: taking a performer’s deeply personal and most inmost possession, and making that voice sing melodies and transmit feelings at your command.  
Perhaps that’s why Burial often locates the sampled vocals in his tracks in an uncanny realm, comparing them at various points to the sound of “a banshee, a strange, wounded animal cry,” “something not human I’ve got chained up in the yard,”and a “forbidden siren,” at once a reference to the sirens of classical legend, bird-women whose seductive tones lured sailors to shipwreck—and a nod to a PlayStation game."

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