#3826: Music With Found Voices

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For this New Sounds, hear works that take the human voice as a starting point, and then builds musical ideas around said voice or voices. There’s Steve Reich’ seminal “Different Trains,” a work for string quartet(s), which uses the sampled sound of speech, together with vintage train sounds from the 1930s and '40s, among other recorded material.

Then, listen to music featuring the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Hear a work by one of Bang on a Can’s co-founders, Julia Wolfe, “Reeling,” after Celtic music’s jigs and reels, featuring the found sound of a French-Canadian folk-singer doing “mouth music” (the “deedle-deedle-dum” rhythmic singing.) There’s also a work by bass player/composer Florent Ghys, built around a tape recording of the late John Cage which ends with a breath, as though Cage still had much to say. Plus, hear Ingram Marshall’s “Gradual Requiem,” featuring the recorded voices of a Corsican male choir.  

PROGRAM #3826, music with found voices (First Aired 2-3-2016) 

ARTIST: Steve Reich / Kronos Quartet
WORK: Before the War, excerpt [2:00]
RECORDING: Works 1965-1995 (10 CD set)
SOURCE: Nonesuch #79451 
INFO:  nonesuch.com

ARTIST: Bang on a Can All-Stars
WORK: Julia Wolfe: Reeling [5:46]
RECORDING: Field Recordings
SOURCE: bangonacan.org/store

ARTIST: Bang on a Can All-Stars
WORK: Florent Ghys: An Open Cage [4:08]
RECORDING: Field Recordings
SOURCE: bangonacan.org/store

ARTIST: Steve Reich / Kronos Quartet
WORK: Different Trains [26:00]
RECORDING: Works 1965-1995 (10 CD set)
SOURCE: Nonesuch #79451 
INFO:  nonesuch.com

ARTIST: Ingram Marshall
WORK: Gradual Requiem, Part 4 [7:44]
RECORDING: Fog Tropes / Gradual Requiem
SOURCE: New Albion #002, reissued Arc Light Records
INFO: arclighteditions.bigcartel.com