Alexis Weaver is an electroacoustic composer based in Sydney, Australia. She fuses her traditional musical education with the ever-expanding area of music technology to create vibrant acousmatic sound worlds. She has composed soundtracks for animation, short stories, radio, and the Sydney Fringe Festival. Her acousmatic and radiophonic works have been broadcast overseas in France and Scotland, with a recent feature in the 2017 RMN Music Album, Electroacoustic and Beyond Volume 2. Alexis was awarded First Place and People’s Choice Award in the 2016 and 2015 University of Sydney Verge Awards respectively for her acousmatic works. Alexis is also a co-founder of the all-female experimental music group, lost+sound.
Composer website: soundcloud.com/alexis-marie-weaver/
Connect Four, for electroacoustic ensemble.
Connect Four, as the title suggests, brings four different voices and stories of childhood together, depicting universal childhood experiences and the objects that permeate them. Bringing together radiophonic and acousmatic elements, the story is floating and disjointed, reflecting the inconstancy of memory. Scraps of sound, some recurring, some completely transient, are flung about in space in the same way that half-remembered moments pass through our minds.
Featured in Place Waves, May 2018
Submarine, for wind-up mermaid toy, drink bottle and generated tones.
The title of this work is derived from the chosen object, which was a plastic, wind-up mermaid toy. The original recordings of this toy did not evoke ethereal, mermaid-like associations, but instead produced small, plastic machine-gun bursts as the toy was wound and released to bounce across the floor. However, my manipulations of these recordings have created a series of rolling, fading gestures which I liken to the movement of a submerged vessel through deep waters. As such, I have aimed not so much to capture the essence of this object, but to use these sounds to evoke a related image.