Me & My Whale

Xavier Velastin
Finalist

a piece of new writing involving a human, a submarine, warfare, lots of cables, digital and analogue projection, wired gloves, overtone singing, improvisation, max msp, an underwater microphone, motion capture, a love song to cetaceans (both toothed AND baleen), complex musical notation, the printed word, the spoken word, barely hidden political subtext, torture, and a very lonely whale.

Me & My Whale is symphonic theatre where sound takes centre stage. Its research primarily comes from the invasion of anthropogenic (human-made) noise in the oceans, new age's lingering and destructive fetish of whalesong, and counter-chronological narrative process. It manages to bring together normally inaccessible sound art with raw and moving performance.

The video piece on exhibition presents three linked stories of voice - using live manipulation and throwback, concrete poetry generation and score reading, electroacoustic composition, and an underwater perspective into the making of feeling.

Me & My Whale

Xavier Velastin
Finalist

Artist Statement

Xavier Velastin
Finalist

Emerging composer, pianist, computer musician, sound designer, mediated poet and performance artist originally from South London and now based in Leeds. I studied Music at Manchester University and Sonic Arts at Goldsmiths, UoL. I have also been working for several years as a technician and stage manager in fringe theatres in London.

My goal is to co-own a fluid arts space for radical emergent creators and platforming the new.