Alex Dowling is an Irish composer and producer based between New York and Dublin. According to the press release, his current work involves repurposing autotune and other vocal effects to create strange and otherworldly extensions of the voice. He announced the release of a new album. Reality Rounds is out on January 31st via Carrier Records.
It was written for four vocalists (who each use customized wireless controllers to manipulate their AutoTuned voices in real-time) and synthesizer (performed by Grammy-nominated composer/pianist Pascal Le Bouef). “In Silence, In Cold” is a new excerpt. He explains which the track “is a simple hymn about the fear of isolation and the need for new information. The choir sits around a digital fire, enhancing the sense of solitude and contemplation. As they perform, the singers manipulate how much AutoTune they have on their voices, exposing their natural voice with all its imperfections as though lifting a veil – a reminder of the human fragility behind these digital enhancements.”