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FUGUE created for Polyphony: Experiments and Adventures in Voice 2011-16 Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, September 2016
A fugue in vocal music is where melodic themes enter one after another, layering, transforming, and re-combining in counterpoint to each other. This polyphonic (‘multi-vocal’) effect combines independent individual parts into a larger multi-layered work, which can almost seem to generate itself. A familiar example may be singing a rhyme like London’s Burning round and round in ‘canon’.

Inspired by this long-used vocal form, I have taken two projectors, with an audio-video work playing through each. So at any one time, two audios and two videos can be experienced, to form an ever-changing audio-visual polyphonic fugue of four ‘voices’. Four is a standard number in SATB choral music (soprano alto tenor bass).

Over the duration of the exhibition, the differing durations of the paired audio-visual works will subtly, gradually, and incrementally shift the looping repetitions in ever-changing combinations and juxtapositions.



POLYPHONY exhibition FUGUE audio-visual installation by Ellen Southern from Ellen Southern on Vimeo.


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SHOWREEL 2014
A selection of clips from 2011 onward, leading to a focus on Luminaire, a process-based performance inspired by the reverse engineering in 2006 of the earliest known vocal recording, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville’s phonautogram of the folk lullaby Au Clare De La Lune (1860).

Luminaire
, was performed in three versions, with varying degrees of pre-recording, liveness, and overlaying, over the course of a week in and around the Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton for Unframed, the University of Brighton MA degree show 2013.

Ellen Southern showreel from Ellen Southern on Vimeo.




SELECTED PERFORMANCE WORKS


HAUNTED VOICES - Ellen Southern and Ensemble, Brighton Fringe Festval


Haunted Voices - Ellen Southern and Ensemble - short from Ellen Southern on Vimeo.


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AT HER MUSIC


At Her Music - performed at the De La Warr Pavillion from Ellen Southern on Vimeo.




At Her Music - interim performance-Ellen Southern from Ellen Southern on Vimeo.




Research - At Her Music sketch from Ellen Southern on Vimeo.


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MONOCHORD - Ellen Southern and Ensemble


Monochord - premiere of ensemble version - short from Ellen Southern on Vimeo.




Monochord - premiere of ensemble version from Ellen Southern on Vimeo.




Monochord - full version with hand held tape machines and ensemble from Ellen Southern on Vimeo.



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NIGHT SONGS - Ellen Southern and Ensemble


Night Songs premiere performance from Ellen Southern on Vimeo.




Research - Night Songs variation - audio glitch from Ellen Southern on Vimeo.


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CREEPING BUTTERCUP - collaboration with Clare Whistler


Creeping Buttercup AiRM Old Romney - short from Ellen Southern on Vimeo.




Round Sounds and Voice, work in progress for Creeping Buttercup from Ellen Southern on Vimeo.




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Creeping Buttercup blog



Creeping Buttercup - a percussion piece and acoustic sculpture from Ellen Southern on Vimeo.



More about the original Creeping Buttercup commission for City of London Festival



LUMINAIRE - Ellen Southern and Ensemble


Luminaire version I - short from Ellen Southern on Vimeo.




Luminaire version II - short from Ellen Southern on Vimeo.




Luminaire version III - short from Ellen Southern on Vimeo.




Reverse Singing from Ellen Southern on Vimeo.


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OF THE BRILLIANT AND THE DARK - Ellen Southern and Ensemble



Of The Brilliant And The Dark - recording launch - short from Ellen Southern on Vimeo.




Of The Brilliant And The Dark - remix song cycle - full performance from Ellen Southern on Vimeo.




Of The Brilliant And The Dark projection - Pearl and White from Ellen Southern on Vimeo.




TransFormations a Brilliant and Dark remix event-short from Ellen Southern on Vimeo.




Trans-Formations: a Brilliant and Dark remix event - slideshow movie from Ellen Southern on Vimeo.


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Free downloads Of The Brilliant And The Dark &
TRANSFORMATIONS: a BRILLIANT and DARK Remix Event




WATERWEEK solo commission


Watervoices from Ellen Southern on Vimeo.



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TESTING GROUND - showcase interdisciplinary collaborative event, The Others, London


Testing Ground - slideshow movie from Ellen Southern on Vimeo.