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-__Valentina__ is a prelude to __Wendy__, a speculative portrait and filmic fan-letter, informed by the work of composer and musician Wendy Carlos - self-described as “The Original Synth”. In __Valentina__,​ an unedited 100ft reel of hand-processed 16mm film, shot in rehearsal, is used as a silent score for a reading. Performer Valentina Formenti, recalls part of an interview transcript with Carlos, later edited for publication in ‘Playboy’,​ 1979. Whilst the interview was seen as the first public announcement of her gender transition, this transcribed section looks to the passages excluded from the final edit. These absent texts include her interests and practice in solar-eclipse photography,​ cartography and astronomy, suggesting a coming into being through sonic synthesis. Working with Sound Designer Chu-Li Shewring, Valentina'​s multiple voices are translated through Vocoder, and composited with the warm-up to a performance by Tom Richards, on Daphne Oram’s unrealised ‘Mini-Oramics’ synthesiser.+__Valentina__ is a prelude to __Wendy__, a speculative portrait and filmic fan-letter, informed by the work of composer and musician Wendy Carlos - self-described as “The Original Synth”. In __Valentina__,​ an unedited 100ft reel of hand-processed 16mm film, shot in rehearsal, is used as a silent score for a reading. Performer Valentina Formenti, recalls part of an interview transcript with Carlos, later edited for publication in ‘Playboy’,​ 1979. Whilst the interview was seen as the first public announcement of her gender transition, this transcribed section looks to the passages excluded from the final edit. These absent texts include her interests and practice in solar-eclipse photography,​ cartography and astronomy. Working with Sound Designer Chu-Li Shewring, Valentina'​s multiple voices are translated through Vocoder, and composited with the warm-up to a performance by Tom Richards, on Daphne Oram’s unrealised ‘Mini-Oramics’ synthesiser, to suggest a coming into being through sonic synthesis
  
  ​‘…imagining a world without gender, which is perhaps a world without genesis, but maybe also a world without end.” (Donna Haraway, ’A Manifesto for Cyborgs’, Socialist Review, no.80, 1985)  ​‘…imagining a world without gender, which is perhaps a world without genesis, but maybe also a world without end.” (Donna Haraway, ’A Manifesto for Cyborgs’, Socialist Review, no.80, 1985)
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 __Incantation,​ Wendy__ is a recorded broadcast for radio by Frances Scott and Chu-Li Shewring. The piece looks to the work of pioneering composer and musician Wendy Carlos. Carlos famously arranged the distinctive soundtracks for Stanley Kubrick’s ‘A Clockwork Orange’ [1971] and ‘The Shining’ [1981], and spearheaded developments on the Moog Synthesiser and use of the Vocoder. __Incantation,​ Wendy__ includes excerpts and full recordings from Carlos'​ extraordinary practice, including unused material intended for ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and ‘The Shining’. and recordings by the artists, as music from the recording session bleeds into sounds beyond the studio, and scripted readings using a Vocoder invoke the spirit of '​Danny'​ - “A shine knows a shine.” [2] __Incantation,​ Wendy__ is a recorded broadcast for radio by Frances Scott and Chu-Li Shewring. The piece looks to the work of pioneering composer and musician Wendy Carlos. Carlos famously arranged the distinctive soundtracks for Stanley Kubrick’s ‘A Clockwork Orange’ [1971] and ‘The Shining’ [1981], and spearheaded developments on the Moog Synthesiser and use of the Vocoder. __Incantation,​ Wendy__ includes excerpts and full recordings from Carlos'​ extraordinary practice, including unused material intended for ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and ‘The Shining’. and recordings by the artists, as music from the recording session bleeds into sounds beyond the studio, and scripted readings using a Vocoder invoke the spirit of '​Danny'​ - “A shine knows a shine.” [2]
  
-The broadcast includes the following excerpts and tracks from Wendy Carlos’oeuvre: ‘Switched on Bach’ [1968]; ‘The Well Tempered Synthesiser’ [1969]; ‘Sonic Seasonings’ [1972]; ‘Walter ​Carlos'​ A Clockwork Orange’ [1972]; ‘Digital Moonscapes’ [1984]; ‘Beauty in the Beast’ [1986]; ‘Wendy Carlos: Secrets of Synthesis’ [1987]; ‘By Request’ [2003]; and ‘Quintessential Archeomusicology - Film Music by Wendy Carlos: Rediscovering Lost Scores Vol.1’ [1972 - 2005]+The broadcast includes the following excerpts and tracks from Wendy Carlos’ oeuvre: ‘Switched on Bach’ [1968]; ‘The Well Tempered Synthesiser’ [1969]; ‘Sonic Seasonings’ [1972]; ‘Wendy Carlos'​ A Clockwork Orange’ [1972]; ‘Digital Moonscapes’ [1984]; ‘Beauty in the Beast’ [1986]; ‘Wendy Carlos: Secrets of Synthesis’ [1987]; ‘By Request’ [2003]; and ‘Quintessential Archeomusicology - Film Music by Wendy Carlos: Rediscovering Lost Scores Vol.1’ [1972 - 2005]
  
-__Incantation,​ Wendy__ was first commissioned by TACO! [Thamesmead Arts and Culture Office] for RTM.FM and performed as a live session as part of [[https://​www.deimagerie.be/​ten-slotte-2018-21/​12|TEN SLOTTE]] programme, curated by Vincent Stroep/​[[https://​www.escautville.org/​about|Escautville]] for Het Bos, Antwerp. It was recorded at Totland Bay on the Isle of Wight, October 2018 and forms part of a [[https://​taco.org.uk/​Frances-Scott|research residency at TACO!]] which will culminate in a new, long-form film, __Wendy__+__Incantation,​ Wendy__ was first commissioned by TACO! [Thamesmead Arts and Culture Office] for community radio station ​RTM.FM and performed as a live session as part of [[https://​www.deimagerie.be/​ten-slotte-2018-21/​12|TEN SLOTTE]] programme, curated by Vincent Stroep/​[[https://​www.escautville.org/​about|Escautville]] for Het Bos, Antwerp. It was recorded at Totland Bay on the Isle of Wight, October 2018 and forms part of a [[https://​taco.org.uk/​Frances-Scott|research residency at TACO!]] which will culminate in a new, long-form film.
  
 Listen via RTM.FM [[https://​rtm.fm/​shows/​twang-achoo-clang-oooff/​frances-scott/​|archive >]] and read Sophie Risner'​s response [[https://​sophierisner.com/​Incantation|here >]] Listen via RTM.FM [[https://​rtm.fm/​shows/​twang-achoo-clang-oooff/​frances-scott/​|archive >]] and read Sophie Risner'​s response [[https://​sophierisner.com/​Incantation|here >]]
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-Special thanks to Wendy Carlos and Larry Gutch. ​Footnotes[1] Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange (1962); [2] Stephen King, The Shining (1977)Images: ​__Incantation,​ Wendy__ [2018], production still; Photograph by Vernon Smith, taken of Wendy Carlos in her studio, 1984 [during the release of '​Digital Moonscapes'​];​ and Wendy Carlos, both portraits copyright Wendy Carlos.+Special thanks to Wendy Carlos and Larry Gutch. ​Images: 1. __Incantation,​ Wendy__ [2018], production still; ​2. Photograph by Vernon Smith, taken of Wendy Carlos in her studio, 1984 [during the release of '​Digital Moonscapes'​];​ and 3. Wendy Carlos, both portraits copyright Wendy Carlos. Footnotes: [1] Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange (1962); [2] Stephen King, The Shining (1977).
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