Bongo Music

Ooga Booga Bongo Music

“Ooga Booga Bongo Music”

syllables repeated quickly backandforth between left and right channels, filtered and gradually mixing in and out, sounds appear as different words or sentences to some people, or as rhythms and melodies to others. based on an auditory illusion described by diana deutsch, in which our attention wanders and allows for a shift between what we hear and what we imagine, like a sonic rorschach test–not as a puzzle to solve, but as information in raw form that we meet halfway as language or as music.

Speak Your Own Language (2015)

“Speak Your Own Language” (2015)

Released as a 7” record by Harmonipan in connection with the project Variety Gate at Museo Universitario del Chopo in Mexico City, “Speak Your Own Language (2015)” is part of Lucky Dragons’ ongoing research into an auditory illusion in which short fragments of speech, when repeated, can appear as entire words and sentences—something like an audio rorschach test. Spoken syllables, sequenced and filtered into layered rhythms and harmonic textures, occupy an area between music and language that each listener hears differently. For the record’s cover artwork, five listeners were asked to write down any words or phrases that they heard, composing lyrics to the music.