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-__Valentina__ is a prelude to __Wendy__, a speculative portrait and filmic fan-letter, informed by the work of composer and musician Wendy Carlos - self-described as “The Original Synth”. In __Valentina__,​ an unedited 100ft reel of hand-processed 16mm film, shot in rehearsal, is used as a silent score for a reading. Performer Valentina Formenti, recalls part of an interview transcript with Carlos, later edited for publication in ‘Playboy’,​ 1979. Whilst the interview was seen as the first public announcement of her gender transition, this transcribed section looks to the passages excluded from the final edit. These absent texts include her interests and practice in solar-eclipse photography,​ cartography and astronomy. Working with Sound Designer Chu-Li Shewring, Valentina'​s multiple voices are translated through Vocoder, and composited with the warm-up to a performance by Tom Richards, on Daphne Oram’s unrealised ‘Mini-Oramics’ synthesiser,​ to suggest a coming into being through sonic synthesis. ​+__Valentina__ is a prelude to __Wendy__, a speculative portrait and filmic fan-letter, informed by the work of composer and musician Wendy Carlos - self-described as “The Original Synth”. In __Valentina__,​ an unedited 100ft reel of hand-processed 16mm film, shot in rehearsal, is used as a silent score for a reading. Performer Valentina Formenti, recalls part of an interview transcript with Carlos, later edited for publication in ‘Playboy’,​ 1979. Whilst the interview was seen as the first public announcement of her gender transition, this transcribed section looks to the passages excluded from the final edit. These absent texts include her interests and practice in solar-eclipse photography,​ cartography and astronomy. Working with Sound Designer Chu-Li Shewring, Valentina'​s multiple voices are translated through Vocoder. These are composited with the warm-up to a performance by Tom Richards, on Daphne Oram’s unrealised ‘Mini-Oramics’ synthesiser,​ to suggest a coming into being through sonic synthesis. ​
  
  ​‘…imagining a world without gender, which is perhaps a world without genesis, but maybe also a world without end.” (Donna Haraway, ’A Manifesto for Cyborgs’, Socialist Review, no.80, 1985)  ​‘…imagining a world without gender, which is perhaps a world without genesis, but maybe also a world without end.” (Donna Haraway, ’A Manifesto for Cyborgs’, Socialist Review, no.80, 1985)
 
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