#3788: Works for Voice and Electronics

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Listen to music for voice and electronics, including the latest from composer Ted Hearne, The Source, a music theatre/vocal piece based on the story of Chelsea Manning – the U.S. Army intelligence analyst formerly known as Bradley Manning who was responsible for delivering thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks. The repetitive, fragmented, and layered texts draw from military logs, the writings of Chelsea Manning, files, testimonials and other primary sources, and sung by four singers whose voices are processed in real time, giving them an almost auto-tuned pop music effect (a la Kanye West or Cher), that comes off as something way more sinister. This latest work seems to be at least a close cousin to Hearne’s scathing Katrina Ballads, which also included primary source material, like President George W. Bush’s infamous quote, “Brownie, you’re doing a heckuva job.”  Hear “s/as a boy/as a boy,” and “[A young boy released several pigeons],” featuring singers Mellissa Hughes, Samia Mounts, Isaiah Robinson, Jonathan Woody, and Nathan Koci leading a rock-chamber ensemble which includes including a keyboard sampler.

 Then, listen to music from another composer in the Sleeping Giant collective, the Brooklyn-based composer Jacob Cooper, and a movement from his song cycle, Silver Threads, also featuring singer MellissaHughes.  There’s also music from a chamber opera for solo voice and electronic sound by Frances White, She Lost Her Voice That’s How We Knew. It’s a collaboration with soprano Kristin Norderval and Valeria Vasilevski, who directed and wrote the libretto, and features Elizabeth Brown's shakuhachi playing as part of the electronic score. Plus, hear an early work by Paul Lansky, a single poem by Thomas Campion read six times, where each time, there is different processing on the voice.  

PROGRAM #3788 Voice + Electronics (First Aired 10-22-2015)

ARTIST: Ted Hearne
WORK: [A young boy released several pigeons], excerpt [1:00]
RECORDING: The Source
SOURCE: New Amsterdam Records
INFO: newamrecords.com | tedhearne.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Paul Lansky, feat. Hannah MacKay, reader
WORK: Six Fantasies On A Poem by Thomas Campion: Her Voice [2:51]
RECORDING: Fantasies & Tableaux
SOURCE: CRI 683, reissued as New World Records  NWCR 683
INFO: newworldrecords.org

ARTIST: Frances White | Libretto by Valeria Vasilevski, for Kristin Norderval, soprano & Elizabeth Brown, shakuhachi
WORK: She Lost Her Voice That's How We Knew- VI [7:49]
RECORDING: She Lost Her Voice That's How We Knew
SOURCE: Ravello / Parma  RR 7915
INFO: ravellorecords.com

ARTIST: Paul Lansky, feat. Hannah MacKay, reader
WORK: Six Fantasies On A Poem by Thomas Campion: Her Reflections [4:00]
RECORDING: Fantasies & Tableaux
SOURCE: CRI 683, reissued as New World Records  NWCR 683
INFO: newworldrecords.org

ARTIST: Ted Hearne with Mellissa Hughes, Samia Mounts, Isaiah Robinson, Jonathan Woody
WORK: s/as a boy/as a boy [3:57]
RECORDING: The Source
SOURCE: New Amsterdam Records
INFO: newamrecords.com | tedhearne.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Ted Hearne with Mellissa Hughes, Samia Mounts, Isaiah Robinson, Jonathan Woody
WORK: [A young boy released several pigeons] [3:41]
RECORDING: The Source
SOURCE: New Amsterdam Records
INFO: newamrecords.com | tedhearne.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Jacob Cooper, feat. Mellissa Hughes, soprano
WORK: Silver Threads III Antique Windfall [8:18]
RECORDING: Silver Threads
SOURCE: Nonesuch 540989
INFO: nonesuch.com

ARTIST: Paul Lansky, feat. Hannah MacKay, reader
WORK: Six Fantasies On A Poem by Thomas Campion: Her Songs [3:10]
RECORDING: Fantasies & Tableaux
SOURCE: CRI 683, reissued as New World Records  NWCR 683
INFO: newworldrecords.org

ARTIST: Ted Hearne with Mellissa Hughes, Samia Mounts, Isaiah Robinson, Jonathan Woody
WORK: I encrypt as much as I can [7:50]
RECORDING: The Source
SOURCE: New Amsterdam Records
INFO: newamrecords.com | tedhearne.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Paul Lansky, feat. Hannah MacKay, reader
WORK: Six Fantasies On A Poem by Thomas Campion: Her Self [2:29]
RECORDING: Fantasies & Tableaux
SOURCE: CRI 683, reissued as New World Records  NWCR 683
INFO: newworldrecords.org