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A sound performance on choice, voice and our impending doom. In development at the Pervasive Media Studio.

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Xavier Velastín

One of the 2019/2020 winter residency programme residents, working on a human-computer duet, [whalesong].
A selection of still frames from various projects directed by Reuben Armstrong

Reuben Armstrong

Freelance Director & Animator

Subversive, submersive sonic journey about the noise in the oceans. Technologist and water freak XVelastín presents a human-computer duet of stories from the sea with a fluid structure based on the calls of marine mammals. Unpredictable, moving and passionate, [whalesong] is a challenge to humanity’s violation of the natural world, a celebration of the planet’s diversity, and a playful exploration of our relationship with technology. The perfect show for those who hate plastic and love blowholes.

“XVelastín creates the most beautiful sounds from the simplest of actions” (Ragged Cult, 2018)

XVelastín is a British-Chilean sound artist focussing on voice, technology and climate change. He performs often in solo and collaborative works specialising in finding new modes for expression, using a mixture of experimentalism, musical training and computer programming. His work as a sound designer for theatre has included shows for the Royal Exchange Theatre, Leeds Playhouse and the prestigious Cambridge Greek Play. 

[whalesong] is being developed with the support of Watershed and MAYK's Winter Residency programme, and Theatre Deli (London).

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