‘Chance Meeting: disembodied voices in the work of Nurse With Wound and Cabaret Voltaire’

Loydell, Rupert ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2730-8489 (2022) ‘Chance Meeting: disembodied voices in the work of Nurse With Wound and Cabaret Voltaire’. In: Bodies, Noise and Power in Industrial Music. Pop Music, Culture and Identity . Palgrave, London. ISBN 9783030924614 (In Press)

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Whilst '[t]he collections of Val-de-Grâce [hospital] proposed a grammar of the human body that parsed the human form into pieces that could be manipulated for aesthetic purposes just as words and parts of speech were mobilized in the process of poetic construction.’ (Lyford, 2000, 51), ‘[t]he first association we make [...]with a voice is its source – the existence of a physical body. However, a characteristic of voice is its ephemerality; as soon as a voice is uttered, it disappears with that moment in time. Therefore, the existence of voice always creates a certain level of illusion […]’ (Li and Lai, 2013, 351).

‘Steve Stapleton’s haunted tape-loop collages infect the subconscious before dissolving like nightmares. A painter first, Stapleton’s greatest inspirations are Dada and surrealism. Like Dalí, he draws directly from dreams, and his ability to sublimate an everyday object into a new form is reminiscent of Magritte’s hypnotically impossible images and Duchamp’s absurd readymade sculptures’ (Bowe, 2018); ‘[l]ike his dadaist heroes, Stapleton makes arresting sequences out of utter chaos’ (Linhardt, 2006), ‘[m]apping hypnagogic dream states via disembodied ghost voices, detourned easy listening and what sounds like cattle being flayed’. (Keenan, 2013/2016, 89)

Using quotation, juxtaposition, collage and remix, Rupert Loydell will evoke, mirror and explore the collaged and cut-up music and video of Nurse With Wound and Cabaret Voltaire, and the sampled voices therein.

Rupert Loydell: Why is cut up such a great tool? […]

Stephen Mallinder: Perhaps it’s because like energy nothing is really created, nothing is lost and everything becomes transformed. Everything in essence is a remix, a recontext.
(in Loydell, 2018, 97)

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 9783030924614
Subjects: Writing & Journalism > Creative Writing
Music > Popular Music
Writing & Journalism
Courses by Department: The School of Writing & Journalism > English & Writing
Depositing User: Rupert Loydell
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2021 09:21
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2022 16:20
URI: https://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/4305


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