Through projects like Senyawa and Zoo, Rully Shabara has explored the vast expressive range of the human voice. In 2021, he took a breather and released Synthetic Vocabulary, a collection of a capellas performed by artificial intelligence. The voices of Synthetic Vocabulary evoke text-to-speech generators running through endless arrays of morphemes and tones, as if trying to push beyond a pre-linguistic stage of development.
In remixing Synthetic Vocabulary, Naarm/Melbourne-based writer and musician Zacharias Szumer takes this developmental process on a detour through rhythm and melody, partially inspired by a hypothetical stage of human evolutionary history in which our communication system resembled music more closely than language.
'Synthetic Vocabulary Remixes' is Edition No.12 (NWAED012) in the New Editions artist series, curated by New Weird Australia.