Norways Susanna, one of the most original artists currently working in the Nordic music scene, has been making the most of the DPA d:facto¢ Vocal Microphone that she acquired last year from the company's Norwegian distributor Lyd-Systemer AS.
"My d:facto Vocal Microphone gives the transparent sound I like, and gives me the best starting point for the work I am doing," Susanna says. "Either I am singing with acoustic instruments like baroque harp and nyckelharpe [a traditional Swedish instrument], or I am processing my voice with electronics."
The microphone came into its own during her recent tour, which visited USA, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Austria and the UK. Susanna also has a new album out - Meshes of Voice - a stunning collaboration with another shining light of the Nordic scene, Jenny Hval, on her own label, SusannaSonata.
As its title suggests, Susanna's album is all about her vocals and how they blend with Jenny Hval's voice. The project is based on an exchange of letters and then a live collaboration between the two artists, and stems back to 2009. It is, according to Susanna, a record inspired by Gaudi, bestiaries and Maya Deren's short experimental film Meshes of the Afternoon, and the pairs voices swoop and call over the evolving soundscapes that unfold below them.
"The d:facto is my new favorite microphone," she adds. "For many years already I have been traveling with my own vocal microphones, because I deeply care about the sound of my voice and how it is mediated in the best possible way, from me to the audience."
More tour dates are in the offing during which Susannas growing audiences can hear exactly why she rates DPA's d:facto Vocal Microphone so highly - and why many critics rate her so highly as well. www.susannamagical.com