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5th anniversary edition of the Shift Festival of Electronic Arts opens in Basel

BASEL.- British maverick musician Tim Exile explores the instrumental potential of everyday voices in his fascinating live acts while LA line-up Nite Jewel melds musical tapestries with the haunting vocals of Ramona Gonzales to create somnambulistic sound trips; Canadian artist Alexis O’Hara lures the public into an igloo made of 100 loudspeakers for experimental play with the power of voice and Jürg Lehni sets two computers talking via voice recognition and other language software to create a medley of misunderstanding: this is only a sample of the entertainment rolled out from 27–30th October 2011 on the Dreispitz site in Basel/Münchenstein, when the 5th Anniversary Edition of the Shift Festival of Electronic Arts turns the spotlight on musical and artistic experiments with electrified voices, in concerts, exhibitions, performances, film and video screenings, workshops and panel discussions. 2011 is a