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Geneva Skeen is an artist and composer working in Los Angeles. Influenced by écriture féminine, alchemical metaphors, and a range of musical traditions ranging from holy mysticism to industrial, Skeen works with recordings, digital presets, voice, architecture, and mixed instrumentation. Her performances, publications, and installations focus on the contrast between facing the finite resources of our physical landscapes and their infinite digital representations. Her recent solo releases include works on Room40, Dragon’s Eye Recordings, and Crystalline Morphologies. She is an MFA candidate in the Music/Sound program at Bard, a recipient of the Touch Mentorship program, and a member of VOLUME, a curatorial collective focused on sound-based practices.

Artist Statement

As an artist, I am engrossed with the act of producing and listening to multiplicities. I seek to develop the sound of being “more-than-one” through an aesthetic matrix, and what insights sound might offer existentially and expressively. My field recording practice embraces ecological phenomena and physical spaces along with webcam chat rooms and live video streams; although sometimes these recordings stand alone, they are often woven into compositions created with analog, digital, or modular synthesizers, harmonic vocals, or acoustic instrumentation. The range of these materials is intentional––the production medium is the great aggregator, further complicated by an ongoing interchange of tape and digital recording media. Digital technology enables a new level of interconnectedness with both our tangible and intangible worlds, leading to a non-traditional embodiment that, as a composer and performer, expands my musical vocabulary into a decentered language outside the limits of bounded subjectivity. When transmuted to a physical space, another form is activated, exponentially enhancing literal and figurative resonance.

Geneva is published by Touch Music/Fairwood Music, UK (publishing recorded sound-works wordwide).

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