Pamela Z

© Donald Swearingen

Pamela Z is a San Francisco-based composer/performer and audio artist who works primarily with voice, live electronic processing, and sampling technology. Processing her live voice through "MAX MSP" software on a PowerBook, she creates solo works that combine operatic bel canto and experimental extended vocal techniques with found percussion objects, spoken word, and sampled concrète sounds. These sounds are often triggered via custom MIDI controllers such as Ed Severinghaus' BodySynth™ or Donald Swearingen's Light SensePod, both of which allow her to manipulate sound with physical gestures. Her performances range in scale from small concerts in galleries to large-scale multi-media works in flexible black-box venues and proscenium halls. In addition to her performance work, she has a growing body of inter-media works including multi-channel sound and video installations– some solo, and some involving visual collaborators.

Broadcasts on ORF KUNSTRADIO:

19.12.2009: Parts of Speech

06.09.2009: Temporal Strata (a sonic work in four interlocking, layered movements)