Feminine Ending

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“when music theorists and musicologists ignore the bodies whose performative acts constitute the thing called music, we ignore the feminine.” - Suzanne Cusick

Feminine Ending is a 4-speaker sound installation presented in a complete blackout. Taking its name from the work of pioneering musicologist Susan McClary into Classical Music, gender and sexuality, the short looped piece uses the intimate sounds of the female climax as catalyst for a composition for four violins. Through focusing on embodied sound with no visual stimuli, it aims to address Classical Music’s institutional denial of the body of both the composer and performer; the gendered body and the erotic body, inviting the audience to enter the space that a gendered body is sonically occupying.