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Instrumentation: female voice and prerecorded electronic soundtrack
Duration: 6 minutes
World Premiere: TBD, Jamie Jordan (soprano)
Talkback VII for voice and electronics is the seventh in a series of compositions for solo instruments and electronics. In this iteration, the electronic part is prerecorded by the singer.
With Talkback, I explore extended techniques, enhanced timbre, and other sonic features that are characteristic of the instrument by magnifying and amplifying otherwise subtle nuances and bringing them to the foreground. At the center of this work is the poem “Polaroid” by Nick Flynn which was deconstructed to small fragments and phonemes to inform this process.
Talkback, just like in online media, is a response to something more substantial: western tradition, the canon. It is smaller but often as significant as it is a sincere manifestation of the zeitgeist. Real-time interaction between the singer and her electronic incarnation is a form of dialog. Very similar to forms of communicating on the Internet—posting, tweeting, blogging, etc.—it is filtered, yet very real.