Presence is a series looking at how music and sound design works in conjunction with different media.

This month, Gazelle Twin - aka Elizabeth Bernholz - will take over one of the cinema screens of London's Barbican Centre to deliver a special, one-off performance. Fleshed Out will take Bernholz's critically acclaimed sophomore record UNFLESH as a starting point and, using a blend of cinema and live performance, seeks to expand on the record's themes. The show's announcement promises the audience visions of the uncanny, revenge fantasies and body horror, all elements present on the record, but sure to be brought into sharp focus when Bernholz's signature electronica is accompanied by unique visuals.

With Gazelle Twin just wrapping up the UNFLESH tour, we got in touch over email to get a little more information about the Fleshed Out show and its inspiration.

Fleshed Out is due to be a lot different to your current live tour. Can you give a little bit of an overview as to what fans should expect?

That's right, it's a one-off show. The title is a clue about the intentions. We're fleshing-out some new aspects of the album UNFLESH, and tweaking the live arrangements as well. There'll still be a performance in the traditional sense, with links to the usual show, but it will be quite a different vibe.

There'll be a new film as part of the show by Esther Springett - who made the videos for 'Belly of the Beast' and 'GUTS'. All I can give away about that right now is that it is intended to set a new scene - a landscape that has only been hinted at in the other films.

What was the impulse behind creating a live performance for a cinema?

The UNFLESH tour technically started with a very brief performance in December 2013 at the BFI alongside Scanner and Carter Tutti. It happened ages before I could actually release the album, but it was an apt start.

So to perform in one of the cinemas at the Barbican - by far my favourite place in London - felt like a perfect end to the whole thing and a chance to do something to highlight how cinema has had such an important role in the album.

How do you think the Fleshed Out audience will respond differently to this show than a more familiar live show?

It won't be like a club gig which has a very energetic feel - this will still be full of some anxious energy but of a slightly different kind. It's more about the landscape around the themes and the atmospheres they conjure; ideas that the usual live show can't explore.

You've praised Death Waltz Records in the past, how much do you think those soundtracks and the associated films have influenced your music and the approach to this show?

Yeah what Spencer [Hickman] has done is brilliant. I'm glad to see soundtracks, old and new, getting released or re-released on vinyl, it's really great that there's a market for that now. I can see new labels popping up doing similar things. Film music is massively important in the scheme of music in general. It was key to many aspects of UNFLESH, so there's no coincidence there.

There's a strong visual sense to UNFLESH - you've said in the past that the tracksuit you wear on the cover is a link back to teenage years and the horror that is associated with that period for people, whilst your music video utilise VHS deterioration - is this something you've tried to extend to the Fleshed Out live show?

Yes that's all part of the UNFLESH thing, but here we are looking at it from another angle - opening up the view as a window into an uneasy world - familiar but strange. I was thinking about horror movies that feel like fun entertainment, but actually have a much deeper, pertinent message about our relationship with ourselves, our bodies, the alienation of it all. The sense of displacement both in the mind, and the body in a place and time. You can go quite deep into these things I reckon...

The album is a difficult listen in places because of its subject matter. How are you planning to tackle this with the introduction of visual elements? Have you taken cues from horror movies or any other particular visual art form?

Yeah well I never like things to be easy. I don't want to give too much away about the show because part of the point is that it's something more unexpected and a familiar setting for odd things to play out. To really drive home a particular atmosphere. So yes there will be hints at what I've mentioned - the movies that have influenced the album. The experience of being afraid in the cinema and things seeping into reality from the screen. That kind of thing.

You're also planning to release a new version of UNFLESH featuring reworkings and covers by other musicians and producers. Are you able to tell us a little bit more about this?

Yes, we have been planning a remix album for UNFLESH, and have an amazing set of reworks, revoxes and remixes that will be coming out on physical release. I've been honoured to have some of my heroes take part so I'm really made up about it. The title of this show actually came from that LP. We hope to announce more about this nearer the show.

Do you see a possibility of Fleshed Out being performed again or are you keen on keeping this as a one-off?

No. This will be the last ever UNFLESH show and will not be repeated. I wanted a special way to end what has been a very long and incredible world tour, and to bid a kind of farewell to the blue hoody, making way for the next thing to come.


Fleshed Out will be performed at The Barbican's Cinema 1 on 25th November.