A meditation, a diagnostic exam, a soundscape: Lee Blalock's new work for Mocrep tests the systems of the human body and mind. Inspired by vintage stereo test records which were used to test audio fidelity, Stereo Test Program No.3: Transmutation Assessment superimposes variations of the original tests onto the human body to assess its systems while creating an original sound piece. Highly physical, the piece challenges 6 performers to a series of tests, interfacing them with both their spiritual and technological selves. The performers achieve balance through physical strain and emotional vulnerability.
The live work is paired with a web project inspired by the programs notes that came with the original records and can be found at leeblalock.com.