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Rachel Lau - You have one new message

from Sonic Memories by mediaartscommittee



The voice of a loved one is a sound that is difficult to miss. It is a sound we yearn for in our loneliest moments. It is a memory we hold onto when someone is no longer with us; we often say, “I just wish I could hear their voice again.” What is it about a voice that haunts us? How do we reconstruct the most intimate impressions of a person through their voice alone?
With the advent of voice messaging on chat apps, people have substituted text messages for something more personal: their voice. "You have one new message" is an experimental composition of crowd-sourced voice messages and voicemails that have been sent or received in exchanges with loved ones. As we navigate a world where it is more challenging to be with one another, this project aims to recreate a feeling of intimacy and connection that we all may be craving right now.


from Sonic Memories, released April 6, 2021
Voice messages contributed by Claire Bronchick, Kaitlin Chan, Sunny Chen 陈珊妮, Mira Fisher, Marlon Hedrick, Maggie Hope, Joyce Liao, Sarah Liu, Tina Ly, Kirsten Mendonca, Annie Orzen, Jane Shi, and Tintin Yang

Rachel Lau is a community-engaged multidisciplinary artist, writer, and radio producer based in what’s colonially known as “Vancouver”. Through sound art, photography, and zine-making, they contemplate what it means to experience longing in a world that is transient. Starting in radio production at CiTR 101.9FM, they have since transitioned into the realm of sound art. Currently, they are a co-librarian of Queer Reads Library, a mobile library of queer books and zines founded in Hong Kong and presented internationally.


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We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.
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