Lesley Flanigan

Composer/Performer, Art && Code Saturday Night Performances.
http://lesleyflanigan.com/ – Lesley’s web site

Lesley Flanigan is an artist, vocalist, and performer in New York City. Much of her work deals with the physicality of sound, and “amplification” as a source of sound in and of itself, focusing on the relationships between noise, speakers, and voice.

In her current work, Flanigan builds her own speaker feedback instruments. Her performances with these instruments reveal a sculptural process of creating music, as she shapes the varying tones and rhythms of speaker feedback, and blends these sounds with the tones and rhythms of her own singing voice.

Flanigan has performed in numerous clubs, venues, and art spaces around the country including The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Stone, Issue Project Room, the Art Omi Fields Sculpture Park, and the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis. She holds a bachelors in sculpture from Ringling College of Art and Design and masters in media technology from the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University. Her work has been featured in numerous online media outlets and blogs including Make Magazine, NPR, Engadget, and Rhizome, and is included in the second edition of Nicolas Collins’ book, “Hardware Hacking: The Art of Handmade Electronic Music.”

Quotes about Lesley’s work
“Utilizing some of the most groundbreaking extended vocal techniques and original hardware instrument designs in the new generation of New York City’s improvisers, Lesley Flanigan’s work pushes through sheets of gorgeous shimmering sound into a sublime resonant feedback loop. With a background in sculpture, her work creates a kind of sonic terrain which encapsulates and envelopes the human voice (as well as the listener’s inner ear).” – Zach Layton, Curator (PS1 MoMA, Issue Project Room)

“Lesley Flanigan’s riveting performances take the heritage of such pioneers as Laurie Anderson to poetical shores where the beauty of her voice meets technological experiments to create a fascinating universe of sounds and gestures, of abstraction and physicality.” – Virgine Bobin, Performa

“Lesley has managed to combine three of the essential components of post-Tudor electronic music — contact mikes, raw loudspeakers, and feedback — into a refreshing new sonic soup.” – Nicolas Collins, author of Hardware Hacking: The Art of Handmade Electronic Music

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