Chris Mann

Wednesday, November 12, 2003. 8:30 pm

 

Chris Mann at Roulette 12 Nov. 2003

Chris Mann

Wednesday, November 12, 2003. 8:30 pm

Dunno how to get there but wouldn’t start from here interrogation of perceived space as larynx, where F is always at 4 o’clock, A is always 9 o’clock, T is always 2…

Text (“language is the mechanism whereby you understand what I’m thinking better than I do”) by Mann, real-time spectral analysis solution by R. Luke Dubois.


Chris Mann (March 9 1949–September 2018) was an Australian composer, poet and performer specializing in the emerging field of compositional linguistics, coined by Kenneth Gaburo and described by Mann as “the mechanism whereby you understand what I’m saying better than I do”.[1] He was, in the last 2 decades of his life, based in New York City. Mann studied Chinese and linguistics at the University of Melbourne, and his interest in language, systems, and philosophy is evident in his work. Mann founded the New Music Centre in 1972 and taught at the State College of Victoria in the mid-1970s. He then left teaching to work on research projects involving cultural ideas of information theory and has been recognized by UNESCO for his work in that field. Mann moved to New York in the 1980s and was an associate of American composers John Cage and Kenneth Gaburo. He performed text in collaboration with artists such as Thomas Buckner, David Dunn, Annea Lockwood, Larry Polansky, and Robert Rauschenberg. Mann recorded with the ensemble Machine For Making Sense with Amanda Stewart and others, Chris Mann and the Impediments (with two backup singers and Mann reading a text simultaneously while only being able to hear one another), and Chris Mann and The Use. His piece The Plato Songs, a collaboration with Holland Hopson and R. Luke DuBois, features realtime spectral analysis and parsing of the voice into multiple channels based on phonemes. Mann has also participated in the 60×60 project. –Bio as of 2019