“Close Harmony”

2003

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Pugh Pugh gallery, Berlin


"Close Harmony" consists of two modern laptop computers that explore on their relationship by singing a duet together.

I practiced with couples to sing a lovesong together. In the end I used the recordings of one couple to give each laptop a singing voice (male and female). The computers are now linked through a network cable and work together to sing a duet in Close Harmony style. They serenade each other’s beauty and talents. But at the same time the lyrics are about the inability to function together properly and about the loss of one’s identity when the other person is around.


X-Static Process – Madonna


VOICE 1


I’m not myself when you’re around

I’m not myself standing in a crowd

I’m not myself and I don’t know how

I’m not myself, myself right now


Jesus Christ, will you look at me?

Don’t know who I’m supposed to be

Don’t really know if I should give a damn

When you’re around I don’t know who I am


I’m not myself when you go quiet

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I’m not myself, don’t know who to cry

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Jesus Christ, will you look at me

Don’t know who I’m supposed to be

Don’t really know if I should give a damn

When you’re around I don’t know who I am


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INSTRUMENTAL BREAK


I’m not myself when you’re around

I’m not myself standing in a crowd

I’m not myself and I don’t know how

I’m not myself, myself right now


Jesus Christ, will you look at me

Don’t know who I’m supposed to be

Someone said if I should give a damn

When you’re around I don’t know who I am


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LISTEN TO A SOUND-EXERPT (above)

VOICE 2


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I’m not myself when you go quiet

I’m not myself all alone at night

I’m not myself, don’t know who to guide

I’m not myself at all


Jesus Christ, will you look at me

Don’t know who I’m supposed to be

Don’t really know if I should give a damn

When you’re around I don’t know who I am


I always wished that I could find

Someone as beautiful as you

But in the process I forgot

That I was special too


INSTRUMENTAL BREAK


I’m not myself when you go quiet

I’m not myself all alone at night

I’m not myself and I don’t know how

No no one I believe


Jesus Christ, will you look at me

Don’t know who I’m supposed to be

Don’t really know if I should give a damn

When you’re around I don’t know who I am


I always wished that I could find

Someone as beautiful as you

But in the process I forgot

That I was special too


I always wished that I could find

Someone as talented as you

But in the process I forgot

That I was just as good as you

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