12 dog cycle
Alice Hui-Sheng Chang (Taiwan) and Nigel Brown (Australia)
create sound in performance and recordings as 12 dog cycle.
They pair the breathing limitations of piano accordion and human voice,
extending the voice through extreme unconventional technique
and the accordion’s acoustic properties with live electronic manipulation.
In performance, accordion tones borrowing from the drone
and minimalist pattern music traditions fill
and modulate the space inhabited by the audience.
The sound begins as a physical byproduct of the performers exertion,
but over time becomes a disembodied harmonic presence within the room.
In contrast, the voice is mobile and distinctly human.
While the accordion defines and modulates the performance space,
the voice is the event; the tour guide through time
that provides the audience with an entrance and an exit.