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Voicespace: Still (1975)/A Merciful Coincidence (1976) / Eclipse (1979) / the Palace (1
     

Voicespace: Still (1975)/A Merciful Coincidence (1976) / Eclipse (1979) / the Palace (1

by Roger Reynolds
 
A reissue of the two-record set, featuring four pieces for computer electronics and voices that amplify to an extreme degree the components and expressive qualities of the voice. "Still," with a text from Samuel Coleridge's The Wanderings of Cain (1798), moves extremely slowly in a "vocal fry" across the aspirate clicks and wind of the performer; "A Merciful

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A reissue of the two-record set, featuring four pieces for computer electronics and voices that amplify to an extreme degree the components and expressive qualities of the voice. "Still," with a text from Samuel Coleridge's The Wanderings of Cain (1798), moves extremely slowly in a "vocal fry" across the aspirate clicks and wind of the performer; "A Merciful Coincidence," on a text from Samuel Beckett's Watt (1953), uses the aggressive-passive inflections of the frog performers croaking, which seems to have intent, if not syntactical "meaning"; "Eclipse," with a combined text from Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel Marquez, Issa, James Joyce, Melville, and Wallace Stevens, eclipses strains of modulated texts into each other; and "The Palace," on a translated text by Borges (1976), is a dramatic monodrama about how The Self imagines its confines within the space of The Mind, with the prerecorded modified voice added to the singer onstage, yielding an enormous, suprahuman quality.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/1993
Label:
Lovely Music
UPC:
0745295180128
catalogNumber:
1801

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