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Featured: Benoît Maubrey

October 16, 2017

 

Audio Geishas, Electroacoustic kimonos with samplers, their sounds are triggered via light sensors and dancers’ movements.

 

Benoit Maubrey was born in Washington D.C. in 1952 to French parents. In 1979, he transplanted to Berlin fortuitously placing himself in the raucous experimental 1980's Berlin scene, where sound art luminaries such as John Cage regularly performed. A disavowed painter who wanted more reach, more palpable energy, a living, moving form to his art, in 1982 Benoit began constructing Audio Jackets and in 1985 founded Die Audio Gruppe, a Berlin-based art group that to date build and perform with electronic clothes.

Audio Geishas, Electroacoustic kimonos with samplers, their sounds are triggered via light sensors and dancers’ movements.

 

Today, it is quite safe to say Benoit Maubrey is a pioneer in electroaccoustic wearables. He has worked on an ongoing basis to collaboratively construct wearable forms that utilize a variety of technologies  and most impressively allow performers to extend their physical movement in space through sound. Benoit's work to progressively experiment with acoustic and electronic equipment have led to performances and collaborations around the globe such as his Die Audio Gruppe's collaboration with Director of Berlin's Theatre zum Westlichen Stadthirschen in Audio Drama, Elisabeth Zundel. From New York, to Berlin to the Tokoyo City Opera, Benoit has traveled the world with his wearable sound troop.

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