3.04 Feelin OK?

Wren Kitz


While making music in response to ‘A Series of Treatments,’ I chose to open by literally interpreting the introduction of the piece of writing with what I imagined as the sound and feeling of receiving a laser hair removal treatment. My best interpretation came by manipulating an ASMR voice recording through tape looping, pitch bending, distortion, and overdriven tape delay and feedback.

The emotionality in the experience of the narrator’s navigation through their transition was one I chose to interpret more abstractly through an improvised piano performance recorded on an erase-headless tape recorder. Using the muted acoustic quality of dead keys and close micing the playing mechanism of the piano to capture the percussive quality of the hammer settling back against the key frame of the piano was a method I found valuable in an attempt at interpreting the narrator’s expression of ‘…quickly moving between languages, bridging the gaps in their understanding.’

In its entirety, the ‘song’ attempts to capture the writer’s expression, personalize it, and shift it into a musical expression. In a metaphorical sense, I began to relate the progression of this assignment to the writer’s reference to the symbolism involved in the history of various types of blooms in a rose garden.
—Wren Kitz


Wren Kitz is a sound artist whose work drifts between compositional guitar-and-voice songs, psychedelic rock 'n' roll, and experimental sound explorations. Using analog equipment, Kitz combines, layers, and distorts field recordings--both original and found-- guitars, amplifiers, and piano, cannibalizing everyday sounds to create complex collages. Featuring elements of drone and ghostly vocal tones, these meandering, textured, multi-instrument arrangements blur the lines between traditional songwriting, experimental music, and sound installation.

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