17:38 to 20:05: BAYAKA COMMUNITY SINGING YEYI AT DAWN, 1993
"Since 1985, Louis Sarno has been living alongside a Bayaka community in the rainforests of the Central African Republic, gathering an unprecedented collection of over 1000 hours of sound recordings that document the full range of musicmaking and soundscapes of a single community of hunter-gatherers. Whether singing for hunting or spiritual purposes, their complex polyphonic choral singing is an extraordinarily physical experience in which every individual voice is attuned both to the collective and to the forest acoustic environment."
text: Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford
in "This is a Voice" exhibition at Wellcome Collection, London, until 31st July 2016
"The exhibition begins with the embodied voice, its evolutionary and social origins, and ends within the contemporary realm of disembodied voices, where machines talk back to us, sometimes with uncanny feeling.
(...) It draws on varied experimental forms of singing and animal mimicry, including live vocalisations, and culminates with an invitation to donate your own voice to an ever-increasing chorus.
Designed as an acoustic journey, or series of soundings, the exhibition brings together a wide range of works by contemporary artists and vocalists, punctuated by paintings, manuscripts, medical illustrations and anthropological research."
Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz, Curator, Wellcome Collection