Recorded March 2009
1 – council 64 (7:17)
2 – gab jiba (6:33)
3 – hybrid chatter (1:54)
4 – renegade (9:45)
5 – fade flatlands (12:26)
6 – breach (8:05)
7 – blip wiki (6:20)
Total Time: 63:20
CHATTER BLIP is a duo performance piece by Chuck Bettis (electronics/voice and Dafna Naphtail (electronics/processing/voice) — an interstellar multi-character audio operetta involving a multitude of human, alien, and machine voices, in a mash-up of primal and classic sci-fi and electro-acoustics.
a petition from a lowly human causes much debate among the Devices (the hybrid electronic beings from planet_64). The living oracle predicts that all humans must return to earth in order to survive and will soon start an uprising. The greek chorus are hybrid children — interrupting the proceedings, invading, and playing some ancient earth music they have discovered.
the Supreme Device agitatedly debates with itself about whether or not it can allow the human petitioner to return to her planet. It fondly recalls the quaint human traditions, and their influence on the culture of planet_64, and especially a favorite– the ritual office dance. to calm himself he gives orders for some of the humans to be brought in to amuse him. Meanwhile, unseen, the petitioner surreptitiously slips into an idle transporter. She starts desperately hitting random buttons, and is suddenly successful and serendipitously and instantly transported elsewhere in the galaxy.
the petitioner, now far from planet_64 discovers that her transporter is also itself a hybrid being (although it is not as intelligent as a Device). To save herself, she befriends it, impersonating a Device. remaining quiet about her identity, she is able to keep the transporter unaware that she is actually a runaway human.
back on planet_64, at a renegade human settlement, humans toil side by side and live in harmony with lower caste machines and decommissioned (former) Devices. The tribal leader calls the humans together and declares that the time has come for the great uprising and for humans return to their home planet as had long been foretold. Energized, the humans immediately set to the task of completing the work of many generations, secretly building a transporter of materials that humans have grown and mined themselves (and using designs stolen from the Devices).
the humans finally lift off in their homemade transporter, to scour the galaxy and find the petitioner in her stolen craft. But their navigation system is very primitive. They can only navigate by using their feelings and intuition to communicate with the instruments and locate the petitioner. As they built the ship themselves, their transporter is not a hybrid, nor a device. It is powered with the help of mysterious flat beings who also were long ago enslaved by the hybrids and so are in alliance with and loyal to all humans.
on planet_64 the council discovers the breach. They angrily realize that the petitioner has made off with a vehicle, and worse, that a renegade group of humans has followed her in rebellion.
the renegades’ transporter has located the petitioner and her ship. The two transporters begin to communicate and discover an affinity for each other — they begin to move closer and attracted to each other both physically and emotionally. The petitioner, lonely and hopeful, knows that very soon she will be with her people again and finally on her way back to earth. She sings an ancient song she remembers from a previous life. She does not know what awaits her.
François Couture / Monsieur Délire
There are lyrics buried in the effects (and included in the booklet), sci-fi metaphores that give the music a futuristic aura it wears well. These are not songs but edgy improvisations with in a rough though stimulating style.
Massimo Ricci / TemporaryFault
Certain solutions are quite humorous – occasionally awesome – in their warped glory, completely unrecognizable voices utilized as instruments for the generation of baffling soundscapes abounding in rhythmic diversifications, clustery indeterminations and instant outgrowths dressed with timbres from the depth of a black hole.
Andrea Ferrari / Chain DLK
..strange analog-electronic, bleeps, angel vocals, lyrical intersections, outer space yodels .. creates this strange “life after death” experience.