Today was the first time with IRL folk song lab since February. Such a nice feeling to hear voices sound in a real acoustic and not be hindered by the internet latency. A new method was tested – Imprint – more info to come on this new idea!
Today the session were inspired by a short film from a morning walk in the woods. Improvisation by meandering. Fun and Fascinating! A small video will be posted soon.
Today Folk Song Lab has tried both meandering and singing in ballad-form with a pulse. Kind of tricky – but super-fun. We will post our ‘findings’ soon.
To meet through Zoom makes this possible, but its always a bit crazy.
In todays session, we started a new era in the project, by setting a goal to record videos in Folk Song Lab IVL – in virtual reality. Question arises – How to deal with latency? Is latency even to be considered a friend?
Until next week a ‘shadow-singing’ video will be created! Here is how it looked today.
How do we use our breath to apply to the phrasing in mirror-singing? And what happens to the breathing pattern when turning over to meandering? Are there any differences? And how do different breathing habits affect the turn-taking in Q&A? This is questions that we are curious to know a little bit more about. So today Folk Song Lab visited the phoniatric department at Stockholm University (SU) for some session with Respitrace measures. With the help of the researcher, Johan Stark and Mattias Heldner with got some data that we now will try to analyze.
Today we have done a kind of first experimenting with using measuring tools for finding how the pulse and the breathing pattern changes during a session. This could be the way into finding how to measure group flow. Could it be that the breathing gets deeper during a session? It would be amazing to figure out how the parameters comply. Örjan de Manzano and his assistant brought some gadgets and a easy to use software to try this out. We did some test recordings and this is how it looks, showing different parameters acting together.
Time for three days of recordings in the primary studio at KMH with the inner circle FoSoLa. Mirror-singing. Q&A. Meandering. Story-board. Kyrie. Herding call. Soundscape etc. were some of the improvising methods that we used. All recordings were made as a regular session, meaning at least 20 minuts in a stretch. Also did some recordings being in separate rooms where we neither did see nor hear each other besides in the headphones. We also experimented with seated and standing and moving around in the room.
The studio is a great working place and we had excellent support from sound engineer Markus Sjöberg. Recordings were made with three different microphones for each singer, one of them being the larynx one, besides also added ambient microphones.
The recordings will hopefully end up into a public release later on.
The inner circle of Folk Song Lab had a public session / concert at the experimental Sound Art Festival – ANTENN – that was arranged at the magic Water Tower in Gnesta.
When working in a project like Folk Song Lab you sometimes need to be super-focused and working together without being disturbed by other ‘stuff’. The FoSoLa inner circle went to Gnesta in Sörmland to spend two days of total concentration. Working with new ideas of improvisation, such as using the formulas of ‘Sutartinas’ (Lithuanian singing-style) to improvise new songs.
The Folk Song Lab project takes its influence from different directions. For some days in the end of August, two of the FoSoLa inner circle participated in the ‘Pan-European Voice Conference’ (PEVOC) in Copenhagen. Getting new ideas from presentations such as: Filippa M.B. Lä talking about ‘Augmented feedback of airflow in semi-occluded vocal tract exercises’ etc. An interdisciplinary project, needs an interdisciplinary input.
On the picture Sofia Sandén, Susanne Rosenberg and Ingrid Brännström.