Inspired by the work of Luciano Berio with Cathy Berberian, such as Omaggio à Joyce, 1958, Belgian composer Léo Küpper, born 1935 (see previous post for introduction), researched the potentialities of abstract phonetic language in his electroacoustic music. The two pieces on this disc dates from the 1980s and were composed at Küpper’s own Studio de Recherches et de Structurations Electronique Auditives, founded in Brüssels in 1967. They belong to a series of works dedicated to phonemic sounds, created in colaboration with professional singers, actors or students.
Amkéa is entirely based on Anna Maria Kiefer’s vocal and phonetic explorations, amalgamated by Küpper’s electronic treatments and montage. In Brazil, mezzo-soprano Kiefer, born in São Paulo, had collaborated with composers like Gilberto Mendes-Santos, Dieter Schnebel, Jesus Villa Rojo, Jocy de Oliveira, Conrado Silva, before moving to Europe in 1981. Amkéa is divided into 5 shorter sections: Récit 1, Vocalique, Récit 2, Mélodique, Glissandi Vocaux. One section around 15:00 is based on bird imitation by Kiefer, an evocation of the South American birdscape. Küpper also coupled Kiefer’s voice with sounds of the Brazilian forest in Annazone, 1985, including insects and birds. Aérosons is an electronic recreation of Amkéa, complete with electronic phonemes and bird imitation.
Amkéa was reissued on the 1999 Ways Of The Voice CD on Pogus, while Aérosons has never been digitized before.
01 Amkéa (25:12)
02 Aérosons (14:30)
Total time 39:42
LP released by Igloo, IGL032, Belgium, 1985