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Film, Video The Voice as Carrier of Text in the Music of Roger Reynolds

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  • The Voice as Carrier of Text in the Music of Roger Reynolds


  • In a series of wide-ranging interviews and discussions, Roger Reynolds discusses various threads woven through his life and music. They include the use of text, thoughts on sound spatialization, site-specifics works, intermedia, technology in music, his compositional methods, and relationships with other composers (including Iannis Xenakis, Toru Takemitsu, John Cage, and Elliott Carter). Composer, author and educator Roger Reynolds is University Professor of Composition at the University of Southern California, San Diego. The Roger Reynolds Collection is held at the Library of Congress, and contains manuscripts, sketches, correspondence, recordings and other primary source materials related to Reynolds' life and work.

    In Part 2 of this series, Reynolds is interviewed by James Wintle of the Music Division in a continuation of the discussion about the use of text in Reynolds' music. Topics explored include experimentation with phonation and the physicality of vocal production, spatialization and choreography of sound production, space and vocalization, synthesis and processing, taped vs. interactive electronics, re-sticking and the role of memory and muscle memory, issues of perception by performers and audience members and clarity of meanings, among others. Works discussed include Still (Voicespace I), A Merciful Coincidence (Voicespace II), The Palace (Voicespace IV), Transfigured Wind, The Angel of Death and The Vanity of Words (Voicespace V).

Event Date

  • March 10, 2015

Running Time

  • 1 hours 8 minutes 33 seconds

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  • video
  • image
  • online text

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