Sonic exploration network Southern Africa

Chantelle Gray

Chantelle Gray uses synthesizers and gestural composition for her pieces. The latter involves a motion sensor that detects her movement and position in 3D space. The sensor then sends live information about the location of her head, hands, feet and various other parts of her body, as well as the motions they perform, to custom software which, in turn, translates the information into parameters that can be used to trigger and modify sound in real-time. The current piece, “Borrowed World”, was made on a Eurorack synthesizer. As an academic, Chantelle has reflected on the role of women in the history of electronic and experimental music in a piece titled “A Hauntology of Clandestine Transmissions: Spectres of Gender and Race in Electronic Music” which will be published in the Indian Journal of Gender Studies in the next year.