Through an interface designed by Leafcutter John, Steventon’s elevated heartbeat is transmitted in real time to Singh’s live music sequencer. Through a skillful treadmill running performance, the tempo is set by the alternating heart rate. Singh’s live vocal response in turn directly affects the heart rate, setting up a circular, symbiotic relationship where Steventon’s heart becomes both instrument and perceiving organ, as Singh composes the running journey.
The resulting visual and auditory performance is a live exchange between body and voice, with the control of oxygen common to both.
Live recording from University of Reading’s Journeys Across Media 2013 Conference: The Body and the Digital, 19 April 2013.
Images: Kenneth James Martin