The Sonic Side of Reincarnation
Listening to Death and Rebirth through the
Experimental Electronic Music of Sabiwa
SABIWA "INTERPRETS REINCARNATION THROUGH BASS HEAVY RHYTHMS,
DISSECTED SOUND ART, AND INTENSE VOCAL GYMNASTICS.” By XLR8R
SABIWA is an experimental electronic producer and performer from ㄒㄜ. She produces, records and dissects sounds and images from natural and synthetic sources, making them interact with complex texture and abstract patterns, also using her voice processed as guiding path in her compositions. This page introduces her to Open Horizon viewers, with particular focus on the music of her album 輪迴’(Reincarnation).
Reincarnation in Process Perspective
Reincarnation is a constant process of death and rebirth, and it begins in this life, psychologically and sonically, as the many sounds of the past actual world become kaleidescopically unified in the momentary present. Or, perhaps better, kaleidesonically unified. Always the sounds become one in a new way, relative to the past, in ways both frightening and consoling. We. the listeners, gather the many into one within the unity of our listening, and along the way we are never the same. At every moment the listener becomes a new listener, shaped by the sounds of the past, weaving them into a new kaleidesoic whole, as best she can. The listener's task is to offer weavings to the world that reveal the variety and, as possible, offer hope for others. But first there must be a hearing, a listening. Sabiwa's aim in 輪迴’, as I interpret it, is to provide an opportunity, a lure for listening. (Jay McDaniel)
"A kaleidoscope of references and musical textures, tribal, rumbling drums, dub step, ritualistic folk, chanting, modern jazz, horns bleating as delicate layers of found sound, hiss, percussion spark, her voice guide and foundation, whispers, reshaped vocal ruminations, the amalgmation dizzying in scope, true editing sorcery, sabiwa is fearless in her inclusion of influences and ability to weave them in to entirely new forms, reincarnation is an apt title, eagerly anticipating her next excursion."
Samples from 輪迴’