Music 120Z: etude #1 - speech manipulation
create either a poem, or a musical composition derived entirely from the sound of spoken language.
Two sound files are given in the "120z-course-materials" folder:
- Mark Applebaum reading an excerpt from Dr. Seuss' "The Cat in the Hat"
- Chris Burns reading Elizabeth Bishop's "One Art"
Use either or both of these sound files only; do not use any other source materials.
Work in mono, not stereo.
Use cut and paste techniques only - no plug-ins, volume, panning, or EQ alterations.
Your composition may be a short as 30 seconds or as long as a few minutes.
Create a text which suggests a new meaning.
Project a musical form.
Encourage the listener to contemplate the sound of the words as well as, or instead of, their meaning.
Isolate and splice phrases, words, and / or individual phonemes.
Create new words by cutting together phonemes.
Transparency: etudes should sound fairly natural (or be aggressively anti-natural!) and be free of clicks and pops.
Industry: use a large number of splices.
Burn your final draft onto an audio CD; please label it with your name and the assignment number.
Submit your etude in class on Monday, October 6th, 2003.
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