for electroacoustic tape
duration: 25 minutes
This piece involves the exploration of different types of utterance which
are developed to produce musical argument. It uses the text of the Mass
as a starting point, intoned in various ways: chanted, spoken, in choral
setting, whispered, then fragmented and transformed. These texts are set
against other selected collective and individually vocalised utterances:
football crowds, secular choral sonorities, isolated spoken nonsense syllables,
celebrity and political quotation; and non-vocal utterance: the utterance
of nature, the city, the synthesiser and computer.
The piece is in five movements. 1+2 run segue as do 3,4+5, thus:
1. Kyrie (6'06")
2. Gloria (3'00")
3. Credo (4'25")
4. Sanctus (2'00")
5. Paternoster and Agnus Dei (9'00")
Thanks to students of the Music Dept of North Warwickshire and Hinckley
College for providing the vocal sources.
Simon Hall is a composer, bass trombonist,
producer and teacher based in Birmingham, England. His musical interests
are wide-ranging - as a performer he has worked with ensembles as varied
as the Royal Shakespeare Company, European Chamber Opera and the BBC Big
Band; and artists as diverse as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Barry Manilow and
Don Weller. This range of musical interest is reflected in his compositional
approach, which draws on an eclectic cross-section of sources and styles,
cross-pollinated within the electroacoustic genre.
He is currently studying for a PhD in Musical Composition, with an electroacoustic
specialism, at the University of Birmingham on a part-time basis, where
he also teaches Sound Recording Techniques and Studio Composition.
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