Signal Path is a series that delves into the creative process of artists at the cutting edge of electronic music and sound design.
In this episode, FACT travels to Berlin to meet Zoë Mc Pherson, a producer, sound designer, live performer and DJ whose new album States of Fugue is a thrilling collection of “fucked up rhythms” made from mangled audio and field recordings.
As well as creating music for adventurous dancefloors, Mc Pherson is a multimedia artist interested in bridging the worlds of sound and visual art. In 2018, she released an AV album, String Figures, created with frequent collaborator, visual artist and director Alessandra Leone.
States of Fugue also marks the first release for Mc Pherson and Leone’s new “hybrid label”, SFX, which has bold plans outside of releasing records including an open call for collaboration – a project called Xquisite Force.
Prior to the release of States of Fugue, FACT met up with Mc Pherson to find out how she found her unique sound, the future of audiovisual art, how she works in collaboration with Leone and more.
Producer: Scott Wilson
Director, editor and photographer: Pedro Küster
Soundtrack: Zoë Mc Pherson
Zoë Mc Pherson & Alessandra Leone 360° AV live courtesy of Uncloud
Filmed by Dave Mech and Alessandra Leone
Zoe Mc Pherson live video courtesy of Mutabor, Moscow
Filmed by Acoustic Treatment
‘Tenace’ video courtesy of artist
Director: Alessandra Leone
Performance: Zoë Mc Pherson
DoP: Julian Moser
Editing: Alessandra Leone
Styling: Raki Fernandez
Hair and makeup: Samantha Pottmaier
Colour grading: Valerio Liberatore (Mint)
Gaffer: Hendrik Kintscher
Lighting Design Assistant: Nindya Nareswari
Stills Photography: Dario Laganà
Medienwerkstatt Berlin: bbk Kulturwerk/ Location
MimeCentrum: Studio2 / Location
Don Aretino: Wardrobe
String Figures videos courtesy of artist
Concept, artistic and music direction: Zoë Mc Pherson
Director and editor: Alessandra Leone
3D animation: Andreas Barden, Andreas Martini, Moritz Reichartz
Production: Silvia Procopio
Director of photography: Julian Moser
Focus Puller: Nils Koppenbrink
Costumes and accessories: Raki Fernandez, Benu Berlin, Siff Pristed
Prop Designer: Terril Scott
MuA: Nóra Belovai
Hairstylist: Krisztiàn Berki
Dancers: Hen, Ichi Go
Colour grading: Lutz Forster
Set photography: Dario Jacopo Laganà
Zoë Mc Pherson’s music can be purchased at Bandcamp.