Work in progress, as shown at the Work in Progress Show 2014 of School of Communication at the Royal College of Art 22-26/01/2014.
An exploration of translation as a possibility.
How is music related to speech? Which came first? How did we give meaning to the sounds?
To produce music, some human movement is required.
Everything we do is music (John Cage)
This piece translates elements of speech in different mediums. Through studying the movements of the lips during speech production, a simple musical instrument has been invented based on the annotation of these movements. Each movement is played by a piece of string. A musical score explains when exactly in the video each one of the movements is heard. The sound is then synced back to the video footage in order to test if the music been performed has the actual rhythm of the phrase being told.
"If movement shapes speech and speech is mankind’s first music, then movement can be said to create music too."