Conversation with a Room
Conversations with a Room, is about becoming ambient room noises, the in-between sounds, and pulling apart of the Voice as a instrument of Language and the Voice as an instrument, and the moments and lengths of silence – or really, vocal stillness – to draw attention to the act of listening, and what we must do to listen well. I move through a space I'm responding to the sonic phenomena, and playing with compositional structures of cadence, repetition of phrasing, re-articulation of gestures, and vocal intonation that cues beginning/middle/end, as well as finding my voice within space, within me. I call them conversations, because it seems more casual; a warm-up with scales, and runs, octave reflections, and arpeggios, a sonic improvisation; sounds are just happening, not necessarily premeditated or scripted, but an exploration because I am traversing this vocal territory, this spacial territory to learn more about my voice, and the artistic possibilities that my voice and vessel hold. I consider these conversations a composition in the sense that it is an arrangement of sounds intentionally placed in the ether, yes they could be arranged differently, but this is their current placement. Culminating many of my own open scores, newly written songs, commissioned pieces, old "traditional" arias, I have found this work explores the iterations of myself, sounding through the index of my sonic-life.