vox machina


ear opening, refreshing, inspiring
— Audience member, May 2019


Vox Machina brings together vocal and electronic music to investigate the relationships between humanity and technology. Through this combination the human voice is presented as both autonomous and automated: natural vocal resonances are processed, manipulated and deconstructed to produce new musical textures and striking sound effects.

The project is a collaboration between SANSARA and composer-curator Joe Bates and will explore and expand the choral-electronic repertoire through the performance of existing pieces for choir and electronics and the commissioning of new works by emerging composers.

Vox Machina was premiered at the Barbican Centre’s Sound Unbound festival with two performances on Sunday 19 May 2019.

Photos by Nick Rutter

Listen to Joe’s piece, Ceasing:

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Joe Bates is a composer and curator, and artistic director Filthy Lucre. His work has been internationally-recognised by major competitions such as MATA Festival and the London Symphony Orchestra Panufnik Scheme. His work is programmed in venues across London, from established festivals like Occupy the Pianos at St. John’s Smith Square and the Barbican’s Sound Unbound programme, to independent music nights and theatre. It has been described as a work ‘made with brilliant material,’ whose ‘result was utterly uncanny.’ (New York Classical Review) He also performs his own music as an electronic artist. His recent electronic EP, Flim Flam, was described by composer Dominic Murcott as “quirky and floating somewhere between classical music and electronica.”


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