Sarah Duffy

Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology / (ICST) Zurich University of the Arts

ICST Artist in Residency: Sarah Duffy

Date: 19.06.2023 - 02.07.2023
Sarah Duffy is an interdisciplinary artist based in London whose work spans performance, video, sound and installation. Duffy has repeatedly returned to the subject of the disembodied voice in her work - manipulating her own live voice, as well as experimenting with pre-recorded voices. She has often attempted to embody her research, including training to become a ventriloquist singer.

During the ICST residency, Sarah will be working on an ambisonic composition that will eventually form the basis of an immersive audio visual installation and an accompanying live performance. The piece uses a deepfake version of Sarah's voice to explore the unsettling qualities of ‘The Harvard Sentences’ - a mysterious group of phrases, developed in a secret psycho-acoustic laboratory at Harvard in the 1940s to test the audio fidelity of new military acoustic technology.


Sarah Duffy concluded her ICST Residency with a small workshop/concert that included a presentation of her ideas for her work-in-progress, 3D-immersive installation, 'The Harvard Sentences'.
Sarah created five different spaces/rooms within her composition, that shift the listener between real and imaginary environments. The piece displays a great deal of sensitivity, captivating the listener as they are transported to each new space . We hope that her installation and performance will be realised for a public audience soon.

Friday, 30.06.2023 at 18:00 - 19:00
At the ICST Composition Studio (3D.02) Toni-Areal, Zurich

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