Sotto Voce is a new project from duo Luke Fowler (a Turner Prize-nominated artist and filmmaker, and member of Glasgow-based four-piece AMOR) and Vikki Morton (a visual artist, who also plays music in Muscles of Joy and Rev Magnetic), commissioned by Glasgow gallery The Modern Institute in collaboration with record label Redstone Press.
The EP considers the relationship between the natural world and technology and references the pedagogical work of artist Paul Klee, who taught a holistic course on drawing at the Bauhaus in the 20's. Klee drew greatly on shapes, forms and cyclical patterns, studied and observed from nature.
The minimalism of Sotto Voce's "Klee" shares these pre-occupations, but applies them to synthetic rhythms and timbres with the use of an EML 101 Analogue Modular Synthesizer, creating haunted dub mutations, foreboding ambience and melancholic meanderings in a piece of work that reflects the dark and barren Argyle landscape in which it was composed.
The EP also features a guest spoken word vocal by artist Charlotte Prodger who conjures a meditation on Neolithic archeological findings on the Western Isles of Scotland.
Sotto Voce Are:
Vikki Morton: voice, piano, trumpet, bass
Luke Fowler: EML synthesizers.
Guest vocals by Charlotte Prodger on A3
Artwork & Design by Oliver Pitt.
Produced by Sam Smith at Green Door
Studios, Glasgow. Mixed by Luke Fowler.
Mastering by James Savage.