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Williamson, Gordon: Tape Recorder 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    Tape Recorder
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    5
  • Year of composition: 
    2014
  • First performance (year): 
    2015
  • First performance (venue): 
    Church of the Transfiguration, New York, NY, USA
  • Solo Voice(s)/Instrument(s): no
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    I got to know Zoë Skoulding and her work at a recent artist residency in Paris, where I several of her readings. She has a distinctive delivery, almost stream of consciousness, that I found striking but really couldn't imagine how to set to music. Skoulding's poem Tape Recorder is ripe with clear musical themes and images, but also in its poetic description of sound which, for me, relates back to the particular experience of hearing her readings. In treating her text musically, I have borrowed some techniques from writing tape pieces: focusing on the sounds of consonants and vowels, replicating the depth of sound inherent in the tape medium, as well as using references to cutting, splicing, changes of speed and other elements of tape music. The resulting work is a roughly five-minute soundscape based on a ca. 15-20 second imagined reading by the poet, a time-stretch that allows for a closer examination of the various sound moments and images in a reading.

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Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
4
Musicians
Soprano(s)
1
Alto(s)
1
Tenor(s)
1
Bass(es)
1

 

 

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