#3574: Unusual Uses of the Voice

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Listen to other ways of making music with the human voice on this New Sounds.  Hear music that occupies the space between speech and song by the late American composer Robert Ashley (he passed away this past Monday), responsible for the development of video- or television-operas. Revisit his work, “The Backyard,” featuring keyboard, tabla, and the composer’s voice, which is perhaps a comic opera about reincarnation (touching on bank robbery, cocktail lounges, geriatric love, adolescent elopement) and includes camera directions, because after-all, it is a “television-opera.”

Then, a telescoped version of Alvin Lucier's 1969 piece "I Am Sitting In A Room," which uses a room's natural resonance to produce the music over time as the initial utterance decays.  Plus, music from veteran new music figure, Pauline Oliveros, who came up during the very early years of electronic music.  Hear music that uses her voice and an accordion as its sound sources, treated with electronics to create an ambient soundscape.

Alvin Lucier is one of the composers commissioned by the people as part of the 2014 Bang on a Can People’s Commissioning Fund Concert, a New Sounds Live co-presentation with the Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Hall next Thursday, March 13. Details here.


PROGRAM #3574 Unusual Uses of the Voice (First aired on 3/6/2014)  





Alvin Lucier

I Am Sitting In A Room

I Am Sitting In A Room, edited [15:25] (the John Schaefer radio edit)

Lovely Music, #1013

Robert Ashley

Perfect Lives / Private Parts

The Backyard [23:06]

Lovely Music #1001

Deep Listening Band (Oliveros, Gamper, Panaiotis)

New Sounds Live, 1991

Pauline Oliveros: Queens of Space, excerpt [9:37]

This performance not commercially available.  Complete catalogue at: http://deeplistening.org