UNIVERSAL EAR’s research team have recently discovered that Byrne traveled back as far as 2m years to record the vocal effects created by the peculiar physiology of proto-human Homo habilis. How strange they sounded, even when singing about familiar topics like rebellion and girls.
Marguerite Humeau’s work is pursued from the relative safety of the 21st century, where she uses the scant clues available as a leaping point for a speculative reconstruction of vocal tracts lost to evolution and dust, and the operatic cries these organic sound corridors conveyed.
“Proposal for resuscitating prehistoric creatures’ is an opera which sets up the rebirth of cloned creatures, their wandering and their sound epic. They are seeking to evolve in our contemporary era.
The designer, who became the heroine of a quasi-mystic epic journey, aims at resuscitating the sound of prehistoric creatures by reconstructing their vocal tract. This is problematic from the scientific point of view: since the vocal tract is made of soft tissue, it does not fossilise. The only things that have been preserved through time are the surrounding bones. The inner parts have to be redesigned.”