Felicity Mangan is an Australian sound artist and composer based in Berlin, Germany since 2008. In different situations such as solo performance, collaborative projects with other musicians or installation, Felicity plays her found native Australian wildlife archive and other field recordings, either through a stereophonic system or often via hand-made speakers made with piezo transducers and found objects – exploring the timbre and forms of found and self-recorded animal voices while mimicking biophonic patterns to create minimal quasi-bioacoustic environments. Felicity has recently played in collaborative projects Native Instrument (Shelter Press, Entr’acte) presenting electro-acoustic bug beats with vocalist Stine Janvin Joh and Plants and Animalia with Christina Ehrl Shirley – grafting live and pre-recorded drones produced by remnants of plant biochemistry together with modified animal voices. Felicity has also released a solo publication on Longform Editions titled Stereo’frog’ic, a play on the word stereophonic – presenting a sound piece, crafted from found recordings of frogs, insects and other ‘vocal’ animals wavering about in a stereo field. Felicity has presented projects in many different settings from galleries, gardens, clubs and festivals throughout Europe. Including National Gallery Denmark, Technosphärenklänge CTM/HKW and Sonic Act Academy 2020.
Stereo’frog’ic is a play of the word stereophonic – to play with the illusion of multi-direction audible perspective – in this case presenting a quasi-bioacoustic sound piece, crafted from found recordings of frogs, insects, a recording of an animal scattering in the bushes and other ‘vocal’ animals wavering about in the stereo field.
*Also presented as Quadra’frog’ic in a quasi-quadraphonic performance installation setup, with a stereo sound system and piezo transducer speakers attached to found objects.
Review in A Closer Listen