Thembi Soddell is a sound artist from Melbourne, Australia. Since 1999 she has been building recognition through a variety of installations, performances and works for CD.
This year she has performed at the What is music? festival and Small black box, and is soon to play at Impermanent audio and immersion. Other past performances include Articulating space, undue noise and the annual Liquid architecture sound art festival. In 2003 she was involved in the 360 degrees: women in sound component of Liquid architecture.
Forming part of 360 degrees: women in sound was her solo exhibit Intimacy. This 4-channel installation transformed the gallery space into a small, hot, dark, claustrophobic listening room, lined with heavy red velvet curtains, creating an evocative and emotionally charged space, heightening the drama and intensity of her work. In early 2004 a stereo version of Intimacy became her first solo CD, released through Cajid media.
Other exhibitions include Variable resistance: 10 hours of sound from Australia at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (curated by Philip Samartzis); Gating, at West Space (curated by Michael Graeve); and the The sound of your name is a song, a collaborative 8-channel sound installation using the voice and name as sound. The sound of your name is a song was the winner of the Melbourne Fringe Festival's Visual Arts Award in 2000.
Soddell's work can also be found on the CD catalogues for Variable resistance (23five 2002) and Gating (West Space Inc 2002) as well as many other compilation CDs such as Document 03: diffuse (Dorobo 2001), The undertow: undercurrents in Australian electronic music (Shamefile 2004), and the upcoming Australasian Computer Music Association compilation (2004).
With the assistance of Arts Victoria Soddell will be releasing her second solo CD in late 2004. More of her work can be heard at cajid.com/thembi