Jo-Anne Balcaen

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Machination

2002 Audio 2 min 44 sec

Machination is a sound-based installation that deconstructs the modern power ballad. The audio consists of sixty short excerpts of pop songs from a variety of well-known female vocalists. The samples share a common excessive characteristic whereby the vocalization is particularly ornamental and melodramatic. The songs’ emotional and syntactical content have been picked apart and reconfigured to form an endlessly lurching, wailing blend of manufactured passion, at once humourous and alienating.

Exhibition history: Maison de la culture Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal (2002); Ace Art Inc., Winnipeg (2003)


Cette installation s’interroge sur les conventions de la musique pop, en particulier le power ballad. L’élément principale de la pièce consiste en une trame sonore composée d’environ quatre-vingt courts extraits de chansons populaires de interprétées par des chanteuses renommées.  Les extraits ont en commun un élément exagérément émotif et dramatique.

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