Chatter Blip

by Chatterblip

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CHATTER BLIP is a duo performance piece by Chuck Bettis (electronics/voice and Dafna Naphtail (electronics/processing/voice) -- an interstellar multi-character audio operetta involving a multitude of human, alien, and machine voices, in a mash-up of primal and classic sci-fi and electro-acoustics.

François Couture / Monsieur Délire
There are lyrics buried in the effects (and included in the booklet), sci-fi metaphores that give the music a futuristic aura it wears well. These are not songs but edgy improvisations with in a rough though stimulating style.

Massimo Ricci / TemporaryFault
Certain solutions are quite humorous – occasionally awesome – in their warped glory, completely unrecognizable voices utilized as instruments for the generation of baffling soundscapes abounding in rhythmic diversifications, clustery indeterminations and instant outgrowths dressed with timbres from the depth of a black hole.

Andrea Ferrari / Chain DLK
..strange analog-electronic, bleeps, angel vocals, lyrical intersections, outer space yodels .. creates this strange "life after death" experience.


released November 1, 2009

Dafna Naphtali - sound processing, electronics and voice
Chuck Bettis - electronics and voice

Recorded at Harvestworks, New York City, March 2, 2009
Final mix & mastering by Paul Geluso
Text by Dafna Naphtali
Artwork & photos by Yuko Tonohira
Tree face by anonymous / Greenpoint, Brooklyn

All music by Dafna Naphtali (ASCAP) and Chuck Bettis

Originally released via Acheulian Handaxe as a limited edition CD


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Chatterblip Brooklyn, New York

Dueling vocal & electronics duo based in Brooklyn.

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Track Name: council 64
a petition from a lowly human causes much debate among the devices (the hybrid electronic beings from planet64). the living oracle then predicts that all humans must return to earth to survive and will soon start an uprising. the greek chorus are hybrid children interrupting the proceedings, invading and playing some ancient earth music they discovered.
Track Name: gab jiba
the Supreme Device agitatedly debates with himself about whether or not it can allow the human petitioner to return to her planet. he fondly recalls all of the human traditions and their influence on the culture of planet64, especially his favorite, the ritual office dance. to calm himself he orders some of the humans be brought to amuse him. meanwhile, the petitioner surreptitiously slips into a nearby transporter. she starts hitting random buttons, is serendipitously successful and suddenly transported elsewhere in the galaxy.
Track Name: hybrid chatter
the petitioner discovers that her transporter is also itself a hybrid being, although not as intelligent as a device. but she befriends it, and remaining quiet, is able to keep the transporter unaware that she is a runaway human.
Track Name: renegade
back on planet 64, in a renegade human settlement, where humans toil side by side and living in harmony with lower caste machines and former devices. their leader calls the humans together and declares that the time has come for the great uprising and return to the home planet. they immediately set to completing the secret work of many generations in building a transporter (of materials they have grown and mined themselves and with stolen designs).
Track Name: flatlands
the humans take off in their homemade transporter, and try to find the petitioner in her craft. but their navigation system is very primitive. they can only navigate by using feelings and intuition to communicate with the instruments and locate the petitioner. as they built it themselves, their transporter is not a hybrid, nor a device. it is powered by flat beings who were also long ago enslaved by the hybrids and are loyal to humans.
Track Name: breach
back on planet64 the council discovers the breach and and angrily realize that the petitioner has made off with a vehicle and worse, that a renegade group of humans is following her in rebellion.
Track Name: blip wiki
the petitioners ship and the renegades ship begin to communicate with each other discover an affinity -- they "fall in love" and begin to move closer to each other in space . the petitioner realizes that very soon she will be with her people again and on her way back to earth. she sings an ancient song she remembers from a previous life. she does not know what awaits her but is hopeful.

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