London born Artist Harry Yeff (AKA Reeps One) produces work spanning
disciplines, contexts and media as a response to an on going
investigation into vocal music, art and science. His work explores the
fusion of visual and audio cultures, transforming vocal music into visible,
physical form through performance, installation, sculpture, photography
and film as well as curatorial, directorial and academic projects. Yeff’s
expertise in vocal musicianship and performance has generated an
online global following, rendering over 60,000,000 views and recognition
as a pioneer of experimental vocalism.
Yeff’s desire to visualise vocal music inspired him to experiment with
audio-visual work and physical phenomena from an early age. He fuses
vocal performance with mediums including cymatics, voice-reactive
projection mapping and VR. Cymatics, the use of vibration as a medium
to move, organise and control matter, constitutes a prominent focus in
Yeff’s work; the performances and photographic prints have gained him
two consecutive ARS PRIX nominations.
Recently Yeff has created ambitious works in a variety of media. In
collaboration with Studio PSK, Yeff conceived the Polyphonic
Playground, a large-scale playground structure comprising electric paint
circuitry and instrumental trigger pads. He invited music professionals
to climb, jump and play with the unorthodox instrument to explore how
predetermined patterns of musical composition and expert behaviour
can be challenged. With media innovation giants The Mill and Aurelia
Sounds, Yeff scored and co-directed Does Not Exist - the world's first
virtual reality music video made with gyroscopic 3D sound, winning the
award for Best Sound Design at the 2017 Raindance Film Festival. For a
second collaboration with The Mill, Yeff has produced See Sound; a
digital generative artwork experience that creates sound sculptures
based on the human voice and explores the relationship between art
and technology. Yeff has exhibited and performed widely including
Miami Basel, London, Milan and Tokyo Design Weeks, Tate Britain, the
British Film Institute, and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.
Yeff’s unique vocal skills and continual exploration and expansion of his
phonetic vocabulary have seen him uncover new keys to cognitive
efficiency. Exploring the innate role of “psychoacoustics’’, the
predetermined human response to speech and sound, introduced Yeff
to formal academic research early in his career. Since 2012 he has been
the lead subject in an on-going neuroscientific study by Professor Sophie
Scott, Deputy Director of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience,
University College London.
In 2016 Yeff was invited as a guest Lecturer and Artist in Residence by
Arts @ 29 Garden and the Linguistics Department at Harvard University.
Yeff gave a lecture to Harvard’s phonetics class on the role of
experimental vocalism in social and scientific arenas. Yeff’s proposal for
a post beat-boxing notation system and its educational potential to offer
free and universal music-learning and music making tools, set in motion
a formal investigation conducted by Harvard student Devon Guinn and
Professor Aleksei Nazarov.
Yeff’s early career foundations as a beatboxer and latterly his expanded
specialisation in oral percussion and performance coining the post-
beatbox movement, have established him as a key pioneer in the field of
experimental vocalism. His explorations with cymatics, VR, and
participatory art are gaining him important recognition as a significant
artist working in the convergence of art, music and science.
“Harry Yeff is the kind of multi-disciplinary artist that embodies the
mission of Arts @ 29 Garden...[his] unflagging energy, intelligence, and
insightful presence as both a musician and visual artist have left an
indelible mark both on this space and on this campus.” — Bess Paupeck,
Program Manager at Arts @ 29 Garden, Harvard University.
“I'm not exaggerating when I say working with Reeps One has made me
totally rethink the way we think about speech.” –Professor Sophie Scott,
Deputy Director of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University