This composition sets Walt Whitman's text, "Carol of Words," for solo voice and eight-channel live electronics. Versions of this text were published in 1856 and later under the titles "Poem of The Sayers of the Words of The Earth," "To the Sayers of Words," and "A Song of the Rolling Earth." This composition is the first setting of the complete text. The text is deployed as improvisatory spoken word, composed rhythmitized speech, and song. The signal of the voice, captured by a microphone, is used to trigger, process, and transform the sounds of the voice and synthetic timbres. This electronic accompaniment, dynamically allocated to eight channels, supports, contrasts, and overwhelms the voice. Performance and interpretation by Gerald Philips.
Christopher Ariza performing live electronics with KIOKU. More information.