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BOUCHE BÉE (/bu? be/)
improvisation on the edges of language
2014 – current and 2006/2009

John Eyles (saxophone)
Petri Huurinainen (acoustic guitar, objects)
Emmanuelle Waeckerlé (voice)

"bouche bée" is a French expression meaning “ to stand open-mouthed, stunned, speechless, gaping and gawping ”.

After a few years break BOUCHE BÉE came back to life in 2014 as a completely analogue and acoustic outfit and became a trio in 2017 when joined by John Eyles.
BOUCHE BÉE was formed in 2006 as one of the outcomes of VINST, a project exploring the body as language and the interplay between the real and the virtual world. It consisted of Free improvisation around E.W vocal repertoire and annotation system of extended human inarticulation and non-verbal sounds. Voice and guitar responded to or (mis) lead one another, but always reacted in the moment.

BOUCHE BÉE started as the human counterpart to VINST, extending to the human voice and real instruments its unique scoring system, vocal repertoire and custom made Performance system (Max MSP patches); VILMA, a transformative software reacting to sound input to create responsive manipulation of visual material (score, text, drawing), VALTER , a transformative software designed to expand in real time voice and vocabulary. VALTER and VILMA were programmed in Max MSP and Jitter by Sebastian Lexer with financial support from UCA research fund

Between 2006 and 2010, BOUCHE BÉE performed in the UK, France, Austria, Singapore and Spain, sometimes alone sometimes in dialogue with VINST.

Joy of sound festival, St Peters Church and heritage centre, Vauxhall London - 19/09 /15
ACAVA open studios, Bermondsey, London - 4/10/2015
Lucie's Lounge (6), Bloomsbury tavern, London - 28/02/2015
‘CONTACT’ Festival Of New Experimental Film And Video, live soundtrack to Vicky Smith’s 16mm film ‘Primal’, London - 08/05/16
Ramsgate Music Hall, live soundtrack to Vicky Smith’s 16mm film ‘Primal’, Ramsgate, UK - 15/05/16
Analogue Recurring, Lo& Behold, live soundtrack to Vicky Smith’s 16mm film ‘Primal’, London, UK - 10/06/16
Joy of Sound Redmond File Album Launch, St Peters Church and Heritage Centre - 05/08/16
‘Exile Nothing’ album launch, Rye Wax, Peckham , London UK - 16/10/16
St John’s Church, live soundtrack to Vicky Smith’s 16mm film ‘Primal’ - 31/03/17
Lucie’s Lounge, Bloomsbury Tavern, London, UK - 25/03/2017
Dark Arts Circus, House Mill, Bromley-by-Bow, London - 23/06/17

see
BOUCHE BÉE website - BOUCHEBÉE Vimeo album
BOUCHE BÉE 06 - BOUCHE BÉE 09 - VINST - BOUCHE BÉE vs VINST

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