»Numen« by Berlin-based vocalist and soundpoet Martin Lau launches a remapping of the oral cavity. Energetic improviser Lau stammers, stutters, stirrs, staunches and stabs the human voice. »Numen« is a pioneering album that has been recorded live as a live impro-performance. Between the realms of pre- and postlingual utopia, »Numen« extrapolates a new benchmark for vocal soundpoetry.
Martin Lau (*1984) is a berlin-based vocalist, soundpoet & improviser who digs deep in the acoustics of the mouth. After having studied literature & performance studies he published a volume of poetry in 2010, soon to focus on the performative & sonic side of poetry. In his energetic and uncompromising live-performances he explores the variety and boundaries of human articulation and its conditions. His activities include solo and collaborative performances and recordings in the fields of soundpoetry, noise, free improv & dance.
All tracks on »Numen« are recorded live in front of an audience. In its archaic and anarchical impact these recordings yield a fever made on pure lingual crisis. Engaging glottis, clusters of breath, throat, oral mucosa and the muscle of his tongue, Martin Lau explores the outer limits of a vocal soundpoetry that doesn't shy away from tabooed sounds. The recordings have been mastered by Martyn Schmidt at Hörbrot Studio Augsburg.
»Numen« comes as an Digital-Album via www.atemwerft.de
. Download includes complete CD-artwork, interview with Martin Lau (english, pdf) and special pics.
First 33 copies of the CD-Version (hand numbered) come signed by Martin Lau. Every CD is hand-stamped and comes in cardboard-fold-out cover with folder including sleevenotes and artwork by Martin Lau. Black CD in vinyl-look with haptic grooves.
Interview with Martin Lau: atemwerft.wordpress.com
released July 12, 2015
All compositions improvised and performed by Martin Lau.
Cover art by Martin Lau. Layout by Martyn Schmidt
Recorded live and mixed by Flemming Borby in Berlin @ Divine Records, November 2013.
Mastering by Martyn Schmidt @ Hörbrot Studio Augsburg 2014.
// Cat. No. AW 005