Introduction

 

'Gorgeously atmospheric vocal techniques woven around field recordings & electronics' - The Guardian

Plum uses her voice with extended technique, improvisation, field recordings and electronics, to create layered soundscapes, spoken word and songs. Having performed and exhibited installation sound art and visual art since 2002, she creates work that sits between sound art, improvisation, multi-media installation, neo-classical and contemporary Nordic folk music.

The intimacy Plum creates in her recordings and live performance has the honesty of a confessional with the sonic scope of the forests and open coastlines of her native Denmark, that inspire much of her music. With installations that create meditative, sensory stimulative environments and performing stripped back, minimal gigs, she entices you into her hushed world.

Biography

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Originally trained in classical singing and performing from age 7, Plum was awarded a scholarship after her 5 octave range was discovered at 11. She began songwriting aged 12 when she formed her first band. She studied Music and Visual Arts at the University Of Brighton choosing Sound Art Installation as her specialism. After graduating Plum specialised in site-specific installation with performance and was commissioned to show work in installation, film and performance nationally and internationally for several years whilst retraining in contemporary vocal techniques, before studying a Masters in Music Creative Practice at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Plum continued her studies in voice to explore extended vocal technique in ethnographic research through practice. She has made documentaries on this including 'Wassail!', 2013 and 'Living Yoik', 2014.

Incorporating her research into extended technique and folk traditions with field recordings and site-specific work Plum's performances developed an improvised spatial responsiveness before going on to study directly with Meredith Monk.

Plum formed the free improv group Susurrations with Legalliene in 2011 and in 2012 she launched Plum Records and released her solo EP 'The Tunnel Recordings' followed in 2015 by her debut album 'Plangent'. In 2016 this was followed by 'Everything Is Becoming Science Fiction' a collaboration with Graham Dunning, Ian Stonehouse and John Harries and 'Unsung', a collection of early sound works from installations and films. In 2016 she formed PlumPyneThornton, a free improv trio with Andy Pyne (Map 71) and composer/pianist/writer Timothy Thornton and joined The Larsens all female noise choir as a founding member. Plum is a visiting lecturer in Interdisciplinary Practice, Sound and Media at Goldsmiths University Of London and the University of Brighton. She is the founder of Bechdel, a DIY event platform for female experimental/noise/spoken word/improv/free folk/free jazz/folk/Neo classical acts and is based between the UK and Denmark.