#3546: Yodels and Hockets

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tUnE-yArDs, aka Merrill Garbus

For this New Sounds, listen to music involving yodeling, (the abrupt change of pitch in a voice during a single note) and hockets. Hocketing is a rhythmic technique where you take two or more musicians and split up the melody between them so that one note, pitch, (or chord) sounds while the other rests.  

Listen to music by Merrill Garbus, aka TuneYards, performed by her and some performed by the vocal octet Roomful of Teeth.  Also, from vocal innovator, conductor, and improviser Bobby McFerrin, hear one of his Circle Songs. Then, hear from the late Camerounian guitarist, novelist, singer, flutist, percussionist, and musicologist Francis Bebey, in a piece where he alternates falsetto vocals with a tiny, single note, bamboo flute,” to create a hocket.  Plus, music from Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble, and from Zap Mama (Belgian artist Marie Daulne) as well.

PROGRAM #3546–Yodels and Hockets  (First aired on 12/17/2013)             

ARTIST: Roomful of Teeth
WORK: Merrill Garbus: Ansa Ya [6:45]
RECORDING: Roomful of Teeth
SOURCE: New Amsterdam NWAM 041
INFO: roomfulofteeth.org

ARTIST: Rabbit Rabbit (Carla Kihlstedt & Matthias Bossi)
WORK: Drowning Alice [2:59]
RECORDING: Rabbit Rabbit Radio
SOURCE: rabbitrabbitradio.com

ARTIST: Zap Mama
WORK: Babanzélé [7:35]
RECORDING: Adventures In Afropea 1
SOURCE: Luaka Bop #45183 
INFO: luakabop.com, also available at Amazon.com

ARTIST: Francis Bebey
WORK: Bissau [3:00]
SOURCE: Original Music #105
INFO: Available at Amazon.com

ARTIST: Various Artists
WORK: Piere [6:30]
RECORDING: Centrafrique: Musique Gbaya
SOURCE: Ocora #558-524
INFO: Out of print, but try auction sites

WORK: Virus [5:26]
RECORDING: Biophilia (Limited Deluxe Edition)
SOURCE: Nonesuch 528728
INFO: nonesuch.com

WORK: Hatari [5:40]
RECORDING: Bird Brains
SOURCE: 4AD  #CAD 2928
INFO: 4ad.com/artists/tuneyards, available at iTunes, Emusic.com or Amazon.com

ARTIST: Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble
WORK: Cloud Code [3:33]
RECORDING: Songs of Ascension
INFO: ecmrecords.com

ARTIST: Bobby McFerrin
WORK: Circle Song 1 [6:10]
RECORDING: Circlesongs
SOURCE: Sony #62734
INFO: Available at Amazon.com