VS 08 (2012)
20 minute double sided cassette
Track Listing Cassette – 2 Tracks
Side A – Admit it
Side B – Admit it
Veronica Lovejoy: voice
Recorded 2005 at No Spray 205.
We all babble sometimes. It’s perfectly normal. Healthy folks around these parts may babble for between one hour and three hours each day.
Yvonne Lovejoy can’t do anything for herself and relies on others to provide her with the food, warmth and comfort that she needs. Babbling is your Yvonne’s way of communicating any or all of those needs and ensuring a response from whoever is in earshot.
It’s sometimes hard to work out what Yvonne is trying to say. Is she hungry, cold, thirsty, bored, or just looking for a cuddle? As a new listener, you may be unsure about what Yvonne needs, this babbling can be upsetting. You may even worry that something is wrong with her. But remind yourself that nothing is wrong with Yvonne and that babbling won’t hurt her. Sometimes simply accepting that you have this tape and the babbling here in can help. You then won’t wear yourself out looking for reasons for the babbling, blaming yourself for it, feeling shame.
In time you will learn to recognise Yvonne’s babbling patterns and know what she needs.
Genuine field recordings by Seymour Glass”
– Dylan Nyoukis
Veronica Lovejoy spent most of 2004 on a residency inside Black Rose’s private gallery. The unpublicised installation, entitled Gestation, combined kinetic sculpture with performance art, and pushed the limits of movement and sound for this emerging artist. The conclusion, witnessed by a small handful of friends, family and medical professionals, concerned some with its mishandling of anaesthesia, near-traumatic contortion, and bodily fluids. Following a three-day stay in the hospital, where doctors monitored Lovejoy’s jaundice, discharge was granted and work on the next piece began almost immediately. Described as “anti-playerly” and “within an undefined nether-space between voice and brass,” This Is Yvonne Lovejoy’s “Admit It” could be seen as related to the extended techniques and subtle decibel range of Franz Hautzinger, Axel Dörner, and nmperign. Veronica Lovejoy refuses to comment on influences.
Latest instalment in MDTS’ on-going series of solo vocal experiments in cassette comes from ‘Yvonne Lovejoy’, a persona that may or may not be ‘real’ w/the involvement of Seymour Glass of Bananafish (here credited as providing “genuine field recordings”) pointing towards some kind of obfuscatory ‘art’ agenda while the info supplied seems to suggest that Lovejoy is ill or suffers from a specific handicap. Dylan Nyoukis writes that “Yvonne Lovejoy can’t do anything for herself and relies on others to provide her with the food, warmth and comfort that she needs. Babbling is your Yvonne’s way of communicating any or all of those needs and ensuring a response from whoever is in earshot.” There’s also a suggestion of brass to the music with a commonality of tone and a quality of transformed speech that links it with experiments by Greg Kelley, Nmperign and Axel Dorner as well as odd organic baby tones and body noise that is almost surgical in its exposure of wet flesh. Either way it’s a startling and at times disturbing piece that blurs the line between artistic documentation and pathological process. Recommended, but not for the faint of heart.
– David Keenan / Volcanic Tongue
Alluring infant performance-art star Yvonne came down with a case of the sniffles in 2005, and Seymour Glass of Bananafish fame bounded onto the scene to capture her noisy snuffling and dazzling breathy hiccoughs. The influence of Eugene C. Weinberg’s cult hit lp ‘A Child’s Cry’ is detectable, and the tape is all the lovlier for it. In her more recent toddler years, Yvonne has occasionally incorporated theater with large cardboard props into her ongoing performances, in conjunction with a local elementary school. I believe she played a bunny looking for a carrot in one of them
– Angela Sawyer / Weirdo Records