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Ashes 01:57
Broken 02:19
Crutches 02:12
Quiet 03:14
Drown 02:18
Dirt 02:49



"on the floor, facedown, struggling to raise using only abdomen, not arms.
lay in foetal position, scream inwardly.
sitting on the knees, bent backwards, struggling to raise, using only abdomen, not arms.
silence. belly up, facing ceiling.
strangling oneself. gagging.

VIDEO FOOTAGE recording & performance of "Cages" by Maurício Shirakawa): www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cToCGHFJZY



»Cages« so far is the most explicit and adventurous release by Vocal Arts & Poetry Label Atemwerft. Bruno Hiss – born in Brazil, grandson of Japanese immigrants – takes the genre Extended Voice to an extension of its battlezone: the painful borderland of the compound of voice and the whole human body's muscular apparatus.

The records' innocent and simple artwork is pure deception: Brutish, visceral and primeval, »Cages« is all about the voice born out of a tight choreography of bodily positions, movements and exertions – eerie in its tension and endeavour. Bruno Hiss performs a stunning but disconcerting improvisation of provoking awareness, distinct pain and delicate sensuality.

By thus an intimate record, it drifts straightaway to the epicentre of publicy sanctioned vocal phenomena. »Cages« is all about the physical and emotional tensions of the artist and of the listener – and the acoustic medium is Bruno Hiss' voice.

Secretly, »Cages« is a new mapping of Gilles Deleuze's »Gestus«, hinting to the primal background flicker of Shinto and Kotodama, being a acoustic/vocal discharge of what Wilhelm Reich called Körperpanzer (»body-armour»).

The download album »Cages« is not a physical release. But it is extremely physical in itself. Intimate and intimidating, »Cages« will take you closely to the utmost borders of voice and body and your own reactions to it.

Bruno Hiss (*1978 in São Paulo, Brazil) is a multidisciplinary artist working in the fields of Sound-Art, Body-Art, Performance, Improvisation and Oriental Philosophies and Practices. He's master in Japanese Culture (University of São Paulo) and member of the artistic collective and netlabel Al Revès. His many performances include appearances at FILE/Hipersônica – Electronic Language International Festival (São Paulo, Brazil), 30th São Paulo Art Biennale and at 2nd Annual International Conference on Deep Listening, Deep Listening Institute, Troy, New York.


released October 1, 2016

All vocal performances by Bruno Hiss, recorded on December 8th, 2014.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Alexandre Marino.
Graphic Art by Mariana Sales.
An Atemwerft release curated by Martyn Schmidt, June 2016.

Photography on this bandcamp site for "Cages" by Leandro Dário and Bibiana Graeff (as indicated).

// Cat. No. AW 007


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Atemwerft releases Vocal Arts & Sound Poetry, Scat / Impro / Loop Singing, Throatism, Breathmusic, Tonguetango.
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