| untangle my tongue

[10’11”]

 

Program Notes


untangle my tongue is a piece for fixed media in collaboration with poet, Anne Shaw.  This is the fourth collaboration between Anne and I.  We set out to create a work of sound and text that comment on each other.  We sent each other bits of work for the other to use as material for their part of the work. The final product is an arrangement of all of the elements.  Some of the sounds in the piece are cicadas, cars/trains, text being read by Anne Shaw and whispered by Hilary Purrington, and various instrumental sounds.


The title is taken from Anne’s poem inspired by my sounds, Small Bang Theory.  It directly references the fact that there is text in this piece which is altered, distorted, and overlapped.  However, a deeper statement is being made about the current pace of our lives.  We are always going somewhere quickly, talking about something and thinking about something else while checking various social media.  I myself am a culprit of this lifestyle.  Yet, when I went on walks to record sounds for this piece, I was forced to slow down and simply listen.  I hope in listening, you will have a similar experience.


Audio

Performances


09.17.11

at Duncan Recital Hall, Shepherd School of Music

Rice University, Houston Texas


10.13.11

at Duncan Recital Hall, Shepherd School of Music

Rice University, Houston Texas


04.13.12

at The Orange Show Monument

Orange Show Center for Visionary Art

Houston Texas


09.15.12

at John Cage’s MUSICIRCUS

The Menil Collection presented by Da Camera

Houston Texas


10.27.12 **Winner of the Audience Choice Award**

at LaTex Festival,

LSU School of Music Recital Hall

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA


11.17.12

at Hirsch Rehearsal Hall, Shepherd School of Music

Rice University, Houston, TX


03.02.13

at CSUF New Music Festival “Voice int he 21st Century”

World Electro-Acoustic Listening Room

California State University-Fullerton

Fullerton, CA


04.11.13

at Bulldog Bytes, South Carolina State University

Orangeburg, SC


04.12-13.13

at The Orange Show Monument

Orange Show Center for Visionary Art

Houston Texas


04.18-20.13

at SEAMUS 2013 Listening Room

McNally Smith College of Music

St. Paul, MN


03.21.14

at New Music Edmonton Now Hear This Festival

Holy Trinity Anglican Church

Edmonton, Canada


04.25.14

at Last Friday Listening Room

CPMC Experimental Theater

San Diego, CA


04.30.14

at Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music

Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen’s University Belfast

Belfast, Northern Ireland