The uniqueness and rich musical traditions of Mongolian culture led Vortichez to some incredible discoveries in Summer 2016, which she has captured as vivid field recordings / 60 Minute Cities – Ulaanbaatar includes recordings of stunningly talented musical performers and the daily sounds of Khustain National Park / Mongolia really comes alive in her interactions with one of the nomadic families living there /
All of her proceeds from 60 Minute Cities – Ulaanbaatar will be donated to Lotus Children’s Centre //
Vortichez (https://soundcloud.com/animus-1) is fascinated by organic sound and the aesthetic of organic sound in electronic music, particularly the sounds and teachings of Pierre Schaeffer and Trevor Wishart. She sees one of the paths for the future of electronic music as combining the methods and spirit of the electronic pioneers with the diversity and somatic energy of many non-Western musical theories and practices. Originally from the UK, Vortichez has been able to live in and explore many regions since departing in 2010. When at home, she takes inspiration from the musical city of Bristol.
She has made field recordings in a number of countries, some work from New York appearing on A Sagittariun’s album Elasticity (released on Elastic Dreams in April 2016). Hydrophones and contact mics have a place in her kit, and her live set up which is under development includes theremin.
On the computer Vortichez enjoys using software such as Logic Pro, Audacity, Native Instruments and Trevor Wishart’s Composers Desktop Project tools. No effects other than mastering were used when compiling 60 minutes Ulaanbaatar however, with the intention that the authenticity in the sounds of the city and Mongolian culture would shine through.
Two of Vortichez’ pieces were chosen as winners of the ‘63 Variations on the Body’ call to composers in 2016, to create soundtracks for recordings of the philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy reading the ‘Indices’ from his book Corpus.
2017 will see Vortichez attend the Stockhausen masterclass in sound projection, begin studying for certification in the late Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening practice at RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), as well as taking some field recording equipment to Venice.