Baritone to Falsetto

Posted on November 21, 2008


Imagine formats for CDs or mp3s that are ‘interactive’.   An environmental music.  Up to a point it is a technology already available; allowing the listener’s mood partly to create the music (even if this isn’t strictly possible).  But suppose electronically adjustable parameters: ranges, scales.   For the sake of simplicity say a prima donna mode.  This can be adjusted like the bass or treble.  Switching it up increases the range.  Baritone to falsetto. Falsetto to spinto soprano. Knobs to be twiddled, buttons to be pushed.

It is usable retrospectively.  Common CDs – to a degree – imagine this, become plastic in terms of their mood, their tonal range, and even instrumentation.   I decide to listen to a Bach harpsicord piece as a piano work instead.  Somewhat like mashups or viral movies, versions of these versions are passed around as further ‘finished objects’.  Listened to without alteration.  But then too, these too are modified and explored finally – endlessly.  So that when a result many times removed is compared to the sound from which it originated no comparison is possible.  The indulgence and histrionics are gone, leaving in their stead a minimalism and newness.

This too could stand as a metaphor for how I work.

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