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"We have achieved two of the three alchemists' dreams: We have transmuted the elements and learned to fly. Immortality is next."
      Max More, On becoming posthuman.

Wormsongs - 2. Sermon on files and vile springs by Henry Vega

Vega's digital language covers the spectrum between noise and pure sine. Using this sound world, Vega writes music in block gestures that can be described as micro-minimal with a passion towards machine-kind.

The songs strip down with the ideas of lyrical lines, replacing them with automatic instruments triggered to match an equally automatic vocal part. Inspired by Spiegel's voice, each score in the Wormsongs is motivated in part by social evolution.

The composed music combs the centuries for a language to express this theme, touching often on practices such as religious intoning and spoken-word. These practices are internalized to create an original vocal and computer language that drives this book of songs and its message.

The Wormsongs
Light code
Sermon on files and vile springs *
Do not **
Dear Mother Nature
She Burns "Round Red *
The Infinite Land
Machines of Moisture
The Autotelic
Sermon on wings and tergal lobes ***
Solar Set
Set Song
Orbit Correction
Orbit Dynamics
A Thousand Tones
The Infinite Land

text by Henry Vega except:
* based on text by Georg Hobmeier
** text by Maria del Carmen Montoya
*** based on text by Marco Molling

In this book the voices presence is felt throughout the performance although with differing roles, discovering a slightly different character and degree of meaning to the voice in each song. Sometimes the level of meaning can be direct as with "Do Not" where Montoya's text reads out like a guidebook of unsaid rules of engagement. In Hobmeier's "Sermon on files and vile springs" a processed reading of the text begins the piece to allow a slow unraveling of each word while it is being read at a very fast pace; half way through the piece the pure unedited text is blasted to the audience. The oposite can be said of the opening song "Light Code" where the voice is heard pulsating as it anounces the genesis of the worm analogy to man.

ToetsdesTijds  Het Veem - Amsterdam - NL
Jan 27th 2018
Anat Spiegel & Henry Vega
Medulla Week  Qo2 - Brussels - BE
Feb 5th 2015
Anat Spiegel and Henry Vega
Stedilijk Museum Den Bosch  Stedilijk Museum - Den Bosch - NL
Feb 16th 2014
Anat Spiegel & Henry Vega
De Pont Museum  De Pont Museum - Tilburg - NL
Jan 26th 2014
Anat Spiegel & Henry Vega
November Music Festival  Verkadefabriek - Den Bosch - NL
Nov 10th 2013
Henry Vega & Anat Spiegel
MATA Festival  Roulette - Brooklyn NY - US
Apr 19th 2013
Henry Vega & Stephanie Pan
The Back Loft  The Back Loft - Dublin - IRE
Apr 5th 2013
Henry Vega & Anat Spiegel
University of Limmerik  Ormston Gallery - Limmerik - IRE
Apr 3rd 2013
Henry Vega & Anat Spiegel
Rewire Festival  Loos - The Hague - NL
Nov 3rd 2012
Anat Spiegel & Henry Vega
Rewire Festival  Loos - The Hague - NL
Nov 2nd 2012
Anat Spiegel & Henry Vega
Smart Project Space  Smart Space - Amsterdam - NL
Sep 20th 2012
Anat Spiegel & Henry Vega
InnerSound Festival  Muzeul Taranului Roman - Bucharest - RO
Aug 30th 2012
Henry Vega & Anat Spiegel
Scarborough U.  Scarborough - UK
Feb 2nd 2012
Network Music Festival  Birmingham - UK
Jan 28th 2012
Geneco Nieuwjaarsborrel  Compagnietheater - Amsterdam - NL
Jan 26th 2012
Freemote Festival  NUtrecht - Utrecht - NL
Dec 10th 2011
ARTEksounds CD Release  LOOS - The Hague - NL
Sep 16th 2011
Anat Spiegel / Henry Vega