Miguel Prado – Kempelen´s Lesson (On Voice And Tape)

Miguel Prado – Kempelen´s Lesson (On Voice And Tape)

Heresy 04 ( in co-edition with Pilgrim Talk (PT27))

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01: Side A – Criptolalia: 4’59”

02: Side B – Glossolalia-Laden: 4’59”

Released in 2013 by Pilgrim Talk (PT27) / Heresy (Heresy 04)

Clear 7″ lathe cut by Peter King – Ltd. edition of 50 copies

Release note:

Wolfgang von Kempelen (well known for “The Turk”, a chess-playing automaton described in Poe´s “Maelzel’s Chess Player”) spent twenty years of his life working on a speaking machine, an attempt to produce human speech by machine, finishing his work in 1791.

Based on current voice synthesis technology, “Kempelen´s lesson (on voice and tape)” deals with the physiology of speech production, experimental phonetics as a science, and the spirit of mechanical ingenuity of 18th century.

As Berkeley claimed, this is: “ghosts of departed quantities”.

This work is part of the ongoing project “Geotraumatic Evacuation of The Voice”.

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