Sing … Singe: joyful, melancholy, ashy
We shimmer from one to the other, from a song to the ash heap.
Whitehead’s radio art has long worked with the tension between eros and thanatos, life and death, light and dark. The sing/singe dyad is very close to his heart: it sings and singes.
If not strictly autobiographical, The Respirator and other outcasts features “totenklage/lacrymosa” as a track among a half dozen. It draws in spirit from the artist’s own experience in a near-fatal car crash at age sixteen, suffering injuries which rearranged his subjectivity in ways that took a very long time to get sorted.
Voices sing, singe and laugh through torturous burnings.