Poet Kenneth Staples provided me with the poems for the composition of this piece for Heather Gardner, a gifted young soprano currently living in the San Francisco Bay area. These poems are dark, lyrical and richly textured in metaphorical associations, often considering such issues as lost opportunity, unfulfilled promise and disregard, societal as well as individual.
Within the second song the soprano frequently performs in an obligato rather than solo fashion, and most of the text is presented within
the computer part by the narrating voices of Ms. Gardner and Mr. Staples. From these recorded narrations I also extracted isolated phonemes,
which are granulated and combined with other very short percussive sounds, instrumental sounds (for example, the attack of flute tones) and
concrete sounds (for example, knives and forks clicked together) to form brief percussive and textural motivic riffs -- a digital form of scat
singing, perhaps -- that are sprinkled throughout the movement.
Like several of my other compositions, especially works employing computer generated sounds, Diaspora features a collection of defining sounds, which are discussed and illustrated with particular reference to this work in this informal essay.
The computer part consists of nine soundfiles available in four formats:
MP3 audio excerpt
This work was premiered by Heather Gardner in Rochester on a Musica Nova concert in Eastman's Kilbourn Hall (April 11, 2005) and a solo recital at Christ Church (April 18, 2005).For performance information on this work please send e-mail to:
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