Reeps One’s work is the product of a highly intimate, lifelong relationship with the human voice.
The London-born musician and artist has been obsessively experimenting with innovative vocal practices alongside the creative representation of physics and sound since the age of 18. Yeff’s unique skills have seen him uncover new keys to cognitive efficiency and expand his phonetic vocabulary to new boundaries. Dedicated to depicting his findings in an explicit and tangible way, Yeff’s vocal performances are increasingly accompanied by potent, aesthetically arresting visual displays.
Yeff’s specialisation in oral percussion and performance has generated a global online following, gathering over 50,000,000 views, and an established reputation as a key pioneer in the field of experimental vocalism. Exhibiting work across multidisciplinary events like Miami Art Basel, and the London, Milan and Tokyo Design weeks, he is a polyglot of audio and visual communication who has redefined the role of phonetics as a cross-disciplinary means to connect the artistic, musical and scientific communities.
Capturing the attention of the academic realm, Yeff became the subject of a study of expert behavior, led by Professor Sophie Scott of University College London’s Neurological Department – the first neurological investigation of its kind to utilise the voice as a medium. Yeff has continued to marry his involvement in academia with his own music and performance, harnessing cymatics to translate the organisational powers of sound in real time, and for the first time, reconstitute the medium as a visual instrument for the deaf. Last year he conceived and delivered the hugely successful Polyphonic Playground, a large-scale playground structure comprising electric paint circuitry and instrumental trigger pads. Yeff’s augmentation of this classic, climbable structure transformed in into an unorthodox tool, which challenges predetermined patterns of musical composition.