voice sphere

Where all frozen things went

Voice sphere

Review: Radio CFLX, Weedon, Quebec, Canada, August 2002
There is a lot to say when talking about Franziska Baumann's CD. A classically trained flautist and singer, she works with electronics and enjoys mountain climbing. The latter two activities come together in Voice Sphere. The music is interpreted live using a cybernetic glove she devised during a residency at STEIM (Amsterdam). The movements of her fingers, hand,and arm control a computer processing her voice in real time and mixing in pre-recorded material. The prepared segments were recorded while climbing glaciers: melting snow, icy surfaces, voice bouncing off the ice wall.
The 13 short pieces (between one and seven minutes) presented on this album turn out to be surprisingly warm, even though they stem from the cold. Baumann's captivating voice evokes Fatima Miranda (the virtuosity) and Sainkho Namchylak (the creative use of extended techniques).

The digital environment she created while singing is well integrated to the picture, rich and often fascinating. "Blizzards", "Ice & Fire Plasma" and the opener "Where All the Frozen Things Went" (which gives the album its subtitle) are all stunning pieces, immersive by the use of sound sources, alluring by the song of this siren. An enhanced portion of the CD includes Quicktime movies and a presentation of the technology used. Recommended, especially to fans of women voices in avant-garde music (Catherine Jauniaux, Kira Vollman, and the aforementioned).
François Couture, Radio CFLX, Weedon, Quebec, Canada, august 2002

Franziska Baumann