VOICES for Soprano and Tape


Year Authored (or revised): 


Instrumentation : 

Soprano (amplified), 4-ch. magnetic tape (on CD)

Duration (min): 


Text Source/Author: 

Aldous Huxley, Anne Ridler, H.D.,and James Stevens.

First Performance: 

OCT. 1972 - Lincoln, Nebraska - Lee Dougherty, Soprano

A multi-sound media piece for amplified soprano and 4-track tape, later transferred to CD. The live vocal materials are derived from parts of poems by Aldous Huxley, Anne Ridler, H.D.,and James Stevens. The solo part is notated largely with graphic and proportional notation, and requires vocal gestures and special articulations of the texts throughout. The tape part consists of electronically altered tracks of recorded vocal montages such as: reportage, breathing, children, actors, pop music, laughter, cries, commercials, choruses, as well as electronic drones and rhythms. The piece is a kind of metaphor for the massed voices of humanity, as well as the voice of the unborn, pleading for safe harbor from all that is to come. The vocal part is very challenging, and requires a wide expressive and emotional range.

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