Computer Aided Breathing: A Page of Madness

  • A Page Of Madness: Computer Aided Breathing 2017 @ SOS3

Kirstin Gramlich: organ
Stelios Manousakiscoding, live electronics
Stephanie Pan: voice, shime daiko, sub-bass pumpkin, sampler

Computer Aided Breathing reunites after a long hiatus with a new 60-minute performance, taking on Japanese director Teinosuke Kinugasa’s experimental silent film from 1926, A Page of Madness. Inspired by the film’s bleak but visually stunning portrayal of madness, the trio creates a dark and hypnotizing soundworld as a live score of the film.

A seaman becomes a janitor at an insane asylum to free his wife, who has become an inmate after attempting to kill herself and her baby. The film’s expressionism and its rhythmic pulsation of graphic, semiabstract depictions of madness make it both startling and mesmerizing. Teinosuke Kinugasa’s mind-boggling masterpiece is a stunning invocation of the world as viewed by the mentally ill.
(text: Amir Vodka)

Year: 2017
Type: Performance
Description: Live score for a silent film
Instrumentation: Organ, voice, shime daiko, sub-bass pumpkin, sampler, software / live electronics
Duration: 60′
Film: Kurutta ippêji (A Page of Madness) by Teinosuke Kinugasa [1926]
The piece was created for Sounds Of Silence festival 2017.
Photo credit: Alex Schroder

Computer Aided Breathing

Computer Aided Breathing is a trio for voice, organs, and live electronics, formed in 2006, devoted to the many different shades of live improvisation, from totally free to compositionally guided.