Gertrude Steinbot (Mixed Media)
As a member of the Second Land collective, my role could be best described as "vocalist" although I don't often use my own voice. Second Land is an audio/visual collective. We are Luke H., Curt S., Dani S. , Dylan K. and Aaron L. We use various acoustic and electronic devices to create improvisational performances. To create the "Gertrude Steinbot" routines, I found passages of writing by Gertrude Stein. I recorded text-to-voice renditions of the words and then used the recordings to add atmosphere to the words. Text-to-voice may be considered by some to be an overused technique, but even that seemed appropriate for such repetitive passages. For live performances with Second Land, I do use my own voice to read writings like the one included here entitled "Mick Jagger vs. Gertrude Stein."