instruction #004

tune your syllables

microtonal melodies are sung using syllables which serve an internal musical logic – these language elements have no specific meaning, however within the language of the music they serve a clear purpose – giving form and emphasis to details within the evolving melodic line – emphasizing contours in the music and highlighting specific tones, intervals and inner harmonics

the voice is accompanied by and electronically combined with a drone which takes on a vocal quality, showing the harmonic and rhythmic effects of the sung syllables within the total sound spectrum

an exploration of the relation of natural speech to melody, working within a very limited microtonal range and demonstrating how the annunciation of specific syllables affects the vertical axes of the harmonic spectrum

devised for Amelia Cuni

photo: Oskar Henn