vozes em órbita

«on February 20, 1962 at 9:47:39 am EST, John Glenn rode Friendship 7 from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 14 to become an American hero. Over the Indian Ocean on his first orbit, Glenn became the first American to witness the sunset from above 100 miles. Awed but not poetically inclined, he described "this moment of twilight is simply beautiful. The sky in space is very black, with a thin band of blue along the horizon." On the nightside of Earth, nearing the Australian coastline, Glenn made his planned star, weather, and landmark observations. Within voice radio range of the Muchea, Australia, tracking station, Glenn and Gordon Cooper began a long space-to-Earth conversation. The astronaut reported that he felt fine, that he had no problems, and that he could see a very bright light and what appeared to be the outline of a city. Cooper answered that he probably saw the lights of Perth and Rockingham. Glenn also said that he could see stars as he looked down toward the "real" horizon - as distinguished from the haze layer he estimated to be about seven or eight degrees above the horizon on the nightside - and clouds reflecting the moonlight. "That sure was a short day," he excitedly told Cooper. "That was about the shortest day I've ever run into."» (1st american in orbit: John Glenn @ The Ultimate Space Place)

"1975 saw the release of Kosugi's best solo recording, Catch Wave. This features on one side "an excerpt from a meta-media solo improvisation" utilising heavily-processed violin, voice, radio and oscillators (the latter modified via wind and light) to create a massive drone piece. Side two is "a triple performance by a solo vocalist" where a vocal phrase is taken and electronically modified until it loses any meaning other than as part of the wave form. This LP represented a continuation of his interest in the heterodyne phenomenon, where alternating currents of different frequencies combined to produce new frequencies, the sum and difference of the original frequencies. This was something he had worked with on earlier recordings and continued to be important through later works."(in: Noise:NZ/JAPAN)
Em 1997, Takehisa Kosugi re-interpretou esta obra com a performance "Catch-Wave '97".

"Voices, language and space… they interested me even in the early 60s when I wrote The Emperor of Ice Cream for the ONCE Festivals in Ann Arbor. Since each of us knows so much about the behavior of the voice - intimate endearments, rage at a distance - it is an ideal vehicle for auditory spatial illusions (all the more when in the service of language and its powers of invocation). In the early 70s, at the Center for Music Experiment in La Jolla, I heard daily rehearsals of the Extended Vocal Techniques Ensemble as they perturbed vocal norms. Evenings, I read my daughter to sleep trying to capture, for each character in the story, an individual and consistent vocal behavior. She was a demanding critic, and stimulated a good deal of nocturnal reflection about vocal identity. Electronics, at first analogue, later digital systems, offered rather precise control over auditory space (a particular sound’s size, location, distance, the character of the host space in which it was heard). I sought spare but evocative texts and tried to conjure up unfamiliar yet appropriate vocal behaviors with which to present them. The five works in the series thus far share a concern with the potential of auditory spatial imaging: this is a subject still only tentatively broached. They attempt to create a personal theater through the mind’s ear. Yet they are distinct. Three of them are presented here." (Roger Reynolds about Voice Space)

Takehisa Kosugi - Mano Dharma '74 + Wave code #e-1 (Catch-Wave) 1975 (re-editado em 2002)
John Glenn - America's first man in orbit, 7'', lados A e B, narração de Lt. Col. John Powers, 1962
Roger Reynolds - Still (Voicespace I) 1975 + The Palace (Voicespace IV) 1980, barítono Philip Larson

thames & hudson

"This is an aural journey from the source of the river, Lake Tear of the Clouds in the high peak area of the Adirondacks, downstream to the Lower Bay and the Atlantic. The work was originally commissioned by the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY, as an installation.Since 1970 I have recorded rivers in many countries, not to document them, but rather for the special state of mind and body which the sounds of moving water create when one listens intently to the complex mesh of rhythms and pitches. Each stretch of the Hudson has its own sonic texture, formed by the terrain, varying according to the weather, the season and, downstream, the human environment whose sounds are intimately woven into the river's sounds." (Annea Lockwood)

Annea Lockwood - A Sound Map of the Hudson River (1982)
George Frideric Handel - Water Music suite nº1, 2 & 3 (circa 1715-1
717), interpretado por Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields, dir. Sir Neville Marriner

"At about 8, the King took Water at Whitehall in an open Barge ... and went up the [Thames] River towards Chelsea. Many other Barges with Persons of Quality attended, and so great a Number of Boats, that the whole River in a manner was cover'd; a City Company's Barge was employ'd for the Musick, wherein were 50 instruments of all sorts, who play'd all the Way from Lambeth the finest Symphonies, compos'd express for this Occasion, by Mr. Hendel; which his Majesty liked so well, that he caus'd it to be plaid over three times in going and returning. At Eleven his Majesty went a-shore at Chelsea where a Supper was prepar'd, and then there was another very fine Consort of Musick, which lasted till 2; after which, his Majesty came again into his Barge, and return'd the same Way, the Musick continuing to play till he landed."
[in: The Daily Courant, April 17, 1717]

jhonn balance (16th Feb 1962 - 13th Nov 2004)

Wise words from the departing:
eat your greens especially broccoli...
always wear sensible shoes
and remember to say
please and thank you,
especially for the things
you never had...


"Ascension" (The Angelic Conversation) "Red Birds Will Fly Out of the East and Destroy Paris at Night" (Musick to Play in the Dark Vol.1) "Higher Beings Command" (Constant Shallowness Leads to Evil") "Egyptian Basses" (Backwards Demos) "Stoned Circular II" (Black Light District) "Remote Viewing 3" (The Remote Viewer) "An Apology" (Unnatural History IV) "Windowpane (razormaid mix)" (Unnatural History IV) "Things We Never Had" (Black Antlers) "Queens of the Circulating Library" (Coil Live One) "Remote Viewing 4" (The Remote Viewer) "Constant Shallowness Leads to Evil" (Coil Live Two) "Going Up" (The Ape of Naples)

guia estéreo para cristais, radiofonias e anfíbios

" Crystal sound therapy is a system in which sound is generated from crystals to therapeutic effect. This process uses highly tuned electromagnetic waves to excite individual crystals so that they emit audible sound waves; each crystal has an individual note at which it resonates, that is vibrates and gives off sound energy." Harry Oldfield

Harry Oldfield - Energy is Eternal Delight ("Crystal") 1990
La Monte Young - Drift Study (Theatre of Eternal Music) 1973
Christian Marty & Philippe Gaucher - Bufo Granulosus, Epipedobates Femoralis, Scinax Proboscideus, Hyla Brevifrons (Guide sonore des amphibiens de Guyane) 1999
MIlan Stibilj - Rainbow (Eletronic 2000 - Philips) 1970
George W. Bush - The night before christmas 2006
Yves Daoust - Fantaisie (Musiques Naïves) 1986
Test Department - Nadka (Terra Firma) 1988
Roger Reynolds - Eclipse: voicespace III (Voicespace) 1992
Andrew Liles - The Presbytery has lost Nothing of its Charms nor the Garden its Brightness (Mother goose's melody or sonnets for the cradle) 2005
Culturcide - Depressed Christmas