Through a process of listening and speaking, “African Feedback” documents an exchange between artist Alessandro Bosetti and residents of Dogon and Mossi villages between Mali and Burkina Faso.
In 2004, Bosetti travelled from village to village and played music by various experimental and avant-garde composers to people he met. Bosetti asked them what they heard and how they related to the music and sounds, and recorded their answers. Combining recordings of their responses with field recordings made throughout his travels, “African Feedback” is a musical portrait of cultural translations, misunderstandings, and disparate voices and languages. The radio piece is followed by a discussion between Alessandro Bosetti and Marcus Gammel.
Marcus Gammel is from Bremen, Germany. He studied musicology, German literature and philosophy at Humboldt University, Université Paris IV and New York University. He has worked as a music journalist, dramaturge, and radio curator for institutions such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Reclam Verlag, and Deutschlandfunk.
Milan-born Alessandro Bosetti is a composer, performer and sound artist whose works explore the musicality of spoken language and utilize misunderstandings, translations and interviews as compositional tools. His works for voice and electronics blur the lines between electro acoustic composition, aural writing and performance. He is currently based in Marseille, where he was an artist-in-residence at the GMEM Centre National de Création Musicale for 2014 and 2015.