Chyme is an audiovisual collaboration between vocal improviser and composer Carol Genetti and visual artist Gwyneth Zeleny Anderson. Published in a limited edition, Chyme consists of a CD containing four tracks composed and performed by Genetti, paired with four screen-printed “listening scores.”
Chyme is concerned with the visceral experience of losing a sense of separation between oneself and everything else. It takes its name from the semifluid “cocktail” of gastric juices and partially digested food in the stomach. Chyme carries out the seemingly alchemical process of synthesizing nourishment: it's a mediator of external and internal, dissolving what we consume and absorbing it into our blood and organs. Similarly, Chyme aims to digest the boundaries between performer and audience, human and environment, power and passivity, and sound and body.
Genetti's pieces act as an evisceration of sound from the body, blurring the edge between her individuality and the environment around her. Yet instead of disembodying the voice completely, she reembodies it, as the sound waves are poured into other bodies –– tubes and piano housing — to mix and create a different type of extended voice. These sounds are then processed through electronic postproduction studio techniques, resulting in immersive shifting layers of sound textures that nonetheless retain the ineradicable grain of her voice.
Rather than a composition for generating sounds, Anderson's listening scores provide a visual framework for perceiving Genetti's compositions: screen printed marks and text prompt the listener to engage with the audio in different sensory and conceptual ways. Layers of color shift and lose alignment along a trajectory marked in time code as the intricately folded scores emulate the folds of the small intestines.
This release, presented together in an organ-like vinyl pouch, includes a glass-mastered CD containing four pieces by Genetti, one copy of each of the four listening scores by Anderson, and an additional informational sheet providing credits and track listing.
Released on the label Suppedaneum.