#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. 

The collaborative work, "She Lost Her Voice That’s How We Knew" will be performed at Spectrum in New York next week, on Wed., Oct 28th,2015.   

 

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

ARTIST(S)

RECORDING

CUT(S)

SOURCE

Ted Hearne

The Source

[A young boy released several pigeons], excerpt [1:00]

New Amsterdam Records
newamrecords.com
tedhearne.bandcamp.com
Due out October 30, 2015

Paul Lansky, feat. Hannah MacKay, reader

Fantasies & Tableaux

Six Fantasies On A Poem by Thomas Campion: Her Voice [2:51]

CRI 683, reissued as New World Records  NWCR 683
newworldrecords.org

Frances White | Libretto by Valeria Vasilevski, for Kristin Norderval, soprano & Elizabeth Brown, shakuhachi

She Lost Her Voice That's How We Knew

She Lost Her Voice That's How We Knew- VI [7:49]

Ravello / Parma  RR 7915
www.ravellorecords.com

Paul Lansky, feat. Hannah MacKay, reader

Fantasies & Tableaux

Six Fantasies On A Poem by Thomas Campion: Her Reflections [4:00]

See above.

Ted Hearne with Mellissa Hughes 
Samia Mounts 
Isaiah Robinson 
Jonathan Woody

The Source

s/as a boy/as a boy [3:57]
[A young boy released several pigeons] [3:41]

New Amsterdam Records
newamrecords.com 
tedhearne.bandcamp.com 
Due out October 30, 2015

Jacob Cooper, feat. Mellissa Hughes, soprano

Silver Threads

Silver Threads III
Antique Windfall [8:18]

Nonesuch 540989
nonesuch.com

Paul Lansky, feat. Hannah MacKay, reader

Fantasies & Tableaux

Six Fantasies On A Poem by Thomas Campion: Her Songs [3:10]

See above.

Ted Hearne with Mellissa Hughes 
Samia Mounts 
Isaiah Robinson 
Jonathan Woody

The Source

I encrypt as much as I can [7:50]

See above.

Paul Lansky, feat. Hannah MacKay, reader

Fantasies & Tableaux

Six Fantasies On A Poem by Thomas Campion: Her Self [2:29]

See above.