Love Songs (Thembi Soddell)
Love Songs is an album by Australian sound artist Thembi Soddell. I was commissioned by Soddell to create four promo videos to accompany excerpts of compositions from the album.
Love Songs is a composition in five movements:
1. Object (im)Permanence
3. Repetition Compulsion
4. Who is to Blame?
Composed by Thembi Soddell using sounds sampled from Alice Hui-Sheng Chang (voice), Jim Denley (flute), Emah Fox (voice), Cat Hope (electric bass), Martin Kay (field recordings) and Thembi Soddell (objects).
Now streaming at Self-Titled Magazine, including video clips by media and performance artist Vanessa Godden and track by track commentary addressing aspects of trauma, psychoanalytic theory (and by extension mental health care), abuse and the silencing of women that informed the work. Visit the ROOM40 Emporium to buy the CD and book that accompanies it, which takes a concrete poetry approach (of sorts) to the above themes in connection to "loving" relationships.
A performance of Love Songs won the 2019 Green Room Award for Contemporary Sound Performance.