Re-Breather (Schroeder, Rawlinson, Etefaghi) at Sonorities Festival, 2018: Work for saxophone, realtime signal processing and visuals

Franziska Schroeder (Producer), Jules Rawlinson (Performer), Dara Etefaghi (Performer)

Research output: Non-textual formComposition


Invited Performance at the 2018 Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music, Belfast.

The work derives from the notion of breath, breathlessness and restriction.
We present an improvised piece held together by a framework that is informed by the idea of breath and breathlessness. Starting with the breathing sounds of the saxophonist – at first highly spare, subtle breath sounds that get pushed through the saxophone, exposing the resonances of the instrument and its materials – the saxophonist’s materials become the basis for the visual artist who uses these subtle sounds to inform and drive his response, tracing the gestures of the performer’s breath. Live processing of the breath sounds allows us to enhance, as well as to counter the performative materials through filtering, dispersal and accumulation.
The performers introduce a few objects which restrict the air column of the saxophonist, asking her to struggle for and with her breath. Physical engagement with these objects becomes part of the visual component for the work, where cameras transmit some of the performative engagement to the audience. The saxophonist’s struggle develops into a more animated part where the performer, using circular breathing techniques, continues to employ her breath in order to work herself towards physical exhaustion, which in turn serves as a trigger for the visual and sonic manipulations of the other artists. Realtime signal processing extends and augments the ecosystem of saxophonist, saxophone and the concert hall. Additional contractions, dilations and expansions occur inside of physical models of pipes and valves, exploring notions of slippage and seepage which both bridge and feedback into the saxophonist’s gestures.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherVimeo Online
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2018


  • improvisation
  • saxophone
  • digital media
  • signal processing
  • Vimeo
  • Concurrent network


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