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Preemptive Listening

19 September 2019

Run Time

30 mins

Following the film, a sound installation—featuring Elaine Mitchener (voice), Laurie Spiegel (electronica), Anton Lukoszevieze (cello), Maja Ratkje (voice) and Rhodri Davies (harp)—proposes a speculative re-imagining of emergency signals. Sirens are recomposed through a variety of instruments, infinitely rising tones and more—from loud and defiant to low, mournful or nearly imperceptible.

Preemptive Listening (Part 1: The Fork in the Road)

Aura Satz’s Preemptive Listening project focuses on sonic obedience and disobedience through the trope of the siren. The Fork in the Road comprises trumpet improvisor Mazen Kerbaj’s composition of a new siren sound using circular breathing, and actor/activist Khalid Abdalla speaking on the siren as the emblematic sound of resistance, oppression and lost futures during the Arab Spring. Following the film, a sound installa- tion proposes a speculative re-imagining of emergency signals.






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