Posts Tagged ‘voice’

20 St Joseph St Toronto, Canada
Free admission

Regent Park School of Music in Toronto commissioned three children’s pieces from me for their 2015 songbook, to be performed by two talented young musicians, Christine and Justin, at the Canadian Music Centre. They’ve done a great job of preparing the pieces and bringing a really great interpretation to it. If you’re in Toronto, check it out! It will also be live cast on the Internet.

An analogue delay line, definitely not in SuperCollider (photo credit)

For the final blog post of my SoundMakers residency, I’m going to outline some of the technical details of how my SuperCollider patch for Longuement me sui tenus works. The functionality is the same for each of the four singers, with each having his or her own independent “patch” running within SuperCollider. The only difference is that the singers are panned differently across the stereo field.

I’ve provided a diagram that outlines what happens as the vocalists sing: the mic sends the signal to an input “synth,” which then passes it to the delay line and to the end limiter. The delays are created by the spawner independently of the input source, and they pass their signal to the limiter, where it is combined with the original and outputted to the speakers. (more…)

Gardiner Museum
111 Queen's Park Toronto, Canada
Tickets available online, pay-what-you-can pricing

Culminating my SoundMakers composer-in-residence position with SoundStreams, I’m premiering a new piece, Longuement me sui tenus, in Toronto on March 20. A vocal quartet for electronically prepared voices, this piece is based on an Old French text by 14th-century poet Guillaume de Machaut.

I’ve been blogging about the piece on the SoundMakers website for the last few months, describing my compositional process, text-setting considerations, and the technology involved. The electronics processing changes the fundamental nature of the vocal sound, which forced me to write very different vocal lines. The end result is a lush, reverberant piece where layers of harmony cascade over each other, and I’me very excited to see it come to life.

The Dirty Projectors, dressed for winter (press photo)

This is the second in my installment of mini-composition lessons based on non-classical music, this time on the topic of how to write for voice. Today, I’m going to take a look at “Police Story” by the Dirty Projectors, which I think is a fantastic example of how to use timbre and word-music placement to great effect. “Police Story” is practically an instructional guide on how to fully and effectively use voice in composition. It’s also great in a lot of other ways, but we’ll focus on the vocal elements. (more…)

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California St San Francisco
Standard $30 | Members $25 | Students $20 , festival pass also available

Amy X Neuburg (vocal and live electronics) and William Winant’s percussion ensemble premiere this new work, commissioned by the Other Minds Festival.

America’s only international festival of avant-garde music returns with composers from the Faroe Islands, India, Spain, Canada, Sweden and around the U.S. From bass recorder to bansuri, from Bång to Sachdev, Other Minds presents another incomparable aggregation of revelationary new music. This season introduces Gáman, a brilliant folk trio from Denmark.