Lucy is the nom de techno of Italian-born and Berlin-based Luca Mortellaro, one of the genre’s most exciting and ambitious DJ/producers. Since 2009, Mortellaro has focused his work through his own Stroboscopic Artefacts record label, building an imprint and personal discography that has established itself as one of electronic music’s finest.
Amanda Morelli is a Cultural Anthropologist specialized in Oriental Studies and has been practicing yoga for more than 20 years. She is recognized by CONI - Italian Olympic Committee - as a certified trainer of teachers, having completed the Teacher Training Course and the Master Program at the Free School of Hatha Yoga Hamsa. She studies, practices and teaches the whole spectrum of the sacred path of yoga and believes in a holistic and creative approach to it. She currently teaches hatha yoga, pranayama and meditation in Berlin.
In the context of 4DSOUND, Lucy and Amanda Morelli collaborated on Body Echoes, a transcendent performance integrating traditional Eastern breathing techniques, field-recordings and the spatial dynamics of sound.
While Morelli performs deep-breathing techniques, Lucy processes the live inputs taken from microphones embedded on Morelli's body, utilizing the spatial capabilities of 4DSOUND. During Body Echoes, the listener only experiences organic sounds and vibrations sourced directly from her body, amplified and transformed, so the inner experience of ‘Pranayama’ - the regulation of the breath through certain techniques and exercises - is now fully shared with the audience. In a multilayered feedback process, the sound of Morelli's breathing is enriched by Lucy's signal processing, which Morelli uses as an aural conductor to respond to the sounds Lucy creates. A precious tool to deepen the Pranayama practice itself.
Body Echoes translating the inner and individual experience of an incredibly powerful meditation technique into a sounding space the audience can fully experience, explore and walk through. The Pranayama practitioner Morelli is able to share with the audience the benefits of what is being transformed from 'breath therapy' into fully immersive 'sound therapy'. So moving from the inner space of the performing subject to the surrounding 4DSOUND landscape, and back to the subject, breath and sound merge in a multidimensional, collective experience.
'From left to right, and up and down, I feel the power of the sound system. The humming becomes percussive and starts to turn around my head – and, for a moment, I actually starting ‘seeing’ the sound.'
- Lucy in Thump / VICE