Composition and live performance for modular synthesizer and recorded voice. Constructed with and through the voice of death metal singer Fernanda Lira (Crypta). Commissioned by Festival Novas Frequências (Brazil) and Taking Things Apart (Germany). Length: 38:34 minutes.

A sonic exploration on the afterlives of colonialism and the violence of borders, seeking to uproot voice from body and body from origin. A study on the limits and failures of (machine) listening, the composition appropriates and misuses spectral techniques similar to those of the so-called “dialect recognition software,” a proprietary technology in use for cases of undocumented asylum seekers in Germany.


Listen to DESMONTE (Zona do Não-Ser), a binaural version commissioned by Festival Novas Frequências.

Produced with the support from the Akademie der Künste Berlin, with funding from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART Kultur.

dramaturgy by Giuliana Corsi;
performance video documentation by Eduardo Mamede & Maximiliano Kamegawe;
live sound recording by Maya Guttman;
live sound mix by Kathleen Chen