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Lyra

by Andrée Burelli

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Written, Recorded and Produced by Andrée Burelli
Voice, Moog Sub Phatty, Space Echo, Lexicon FX, Tape

This work has been commissioned by the Spatial Sound Institute, Budapest. My series 'How To Survive Difficult Times' has been awarded with the grant 'Composing Sonic Futures'. 'Lyra' will be part of the upcoming release 'How To Survive Difficult Times Vol. III' - out soon.

"The work Lyra is imagined as a succeeding chapter in Burelli’s vision of a world withdrawn.

To this she writes:


«Some of the new cities are found in the deserts of what had once been Northern Europe and have the constellations’ names over the sky above them. In a city named Lyra, the sonic art of inhabitants is based primarily on vocal daily practice, through which they explore their own bodies’ needs and vocal extensions. Each day, magnificent melodies and harmonies can be heard amidst the vast emptiness of the oasis. Lyra’s inhabitants appropriately respect these practices according to which breathing, relaxation and vocal vibration in resonance within the body may become energy sources and mechanisms for physical and mental well-being. As in other forms of meditation, they find in vocal practice a healing tool.»

In Lyra, Burelli’s voice becomes a search and is explored in connection to deep prolongations of sound as a strong but delicate current. She projects that to align oneself, some form of somatic activity should be taken up and the body should be strengthened; as well as the mind in will, initiative and self-expression.

The lucid imaginary portal she evokes is bereft of human influence on nature; revealing such a world that has given up on its native species, she reflects on proclivities of our psychological stability, emotional contentment and individual soul work.

In doing so, Burelli confronts our human potential to harmonize and pierce through the veil of ignorance by yielding energy to the hidden side of life and the psyche."

Text by Andrée Burelli and Alifiyah Imani.

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released September 4, 2020

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