The German-Venezuelan musician Niobe’s (Yvonne Cornelius) performance at Ars Electronica in 2006 was a voluptuous combination of electronic music, video projection and soulful vocal prowess. The videoscape painted a sin city collage with casino signs and high rise buildings drifting by as one drove through the nightscape yearning for the next sensual fix. Niobe was a powerful presence on stage and pushed the theme of potentially fatal sensuality extremely well, dressed in black with an extravagant headdress that was reflected in the videoscape in the recurrent image of a silhouetted female dancer.
Her music is electronically processed and although it drifted back and forth into melodic passages, the various sonic layers also split off in strange directions creating a hypnotic undercurrent of chaos and primal, disintegrative desire.
Watch a video of Niobe performing (VIDEO CLIP 9:57)
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