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The Sound Barrier: Sunday, 30 April 2017

Playlist: Resonant voices

Artist | Track/Song Name | Album Title | Label/Distributor | Comments

Tonight's playlist follows its usual format. Composers are listed first, followed by the name of the piece. Next are the names of the performers, the name of the album (where applicable), the recording details, and then finally the duration.

Nathan Heidleberger | Being Cold a Long Time | Lucy Dhegrae (soprano); Nouveau Classical Project (Sugar Vendil (piano); Laura Cocks (flute)) | Private recording courtesy Lucy Dhegrae | 7:10

Interview with Lucy Dhegrae and Jane Sheldon, talking about Resonant Bodies (Part One)

Elliot Gyger | The Face of Nature | Jane Sheldon (soprano); The Firebird Ensemble | Private recording courtesy Jane Sheldon | 8:58

Interview with Lucy Dhegrae and Jane Sheldon, talking about Resonant Bodies (Part Two)

Peter Maxwell Davies | Eight Songs for a Mad King | Julius Eastman (baritone); Fires of London (Peter Maxwell Davies, conductor)) | Miss Donnithorne's Maggot/Eight Songs for a Mad King | Unicorn-Kanchana | 30:12

Jeanette Little | Mechanical Bride | Jessica Aszodi (soprano); Jeanette Little and Joe Talia (electronics) | Prayer for Nil | Hospital Hill Productions | 14:20

Diamanda Galás | Schrei 27 | Diamanda Galás (voice) | Schrei X | Mute | 26:38

As usual, you can check out the blog to read more about tonight's music, and some of the issues covered in throughout the show!

The voice of resonance - this weekend on The Sound Barrier!

The human voice is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, musical instrument. And yet it is surprising how little its potential has been extended over the thousands of years of its history, even though the actual music it has been required to sing has, of course, changed enormously.

But it is only fairly recently that the many different ways in which the human voice can be used have been explored and exploited with unfettered creativity and daring.This weekend's edition of The Sound Barrier, will give you a glimpse of some of this, where my special guests in the studio will be three vocalists who will be part of Resonant Bodies, a journey into and beyond the limits of the human voice, being presented this coming Friday night at the Melbourne Recital Centre, as part of this year's Metropolis New Music Festival.

Resonant Bodies Festival was originally founded in New York by Lucy Dhegrae, and she, together soprano Jane Shelton will be joining me in the studio this Sunday night to talk about their work, about the pieces being performed at Friday night's concert, as well as the ways in which they seek to change and challenge notions of what the human voice, as a musical instrument, and as part of a human body, is all about.

We'll be listening to some of their work, as well as the complete original recording of Peter Russell Davies' ferocious and witty Eight Songs for a Mad King, which will be performed at Friday night's concert by local baritone Matthew Thomas.

I'll also be playing for you one of the most challenging and terrifying works for solo voice, Schrei 27 by Diamanda Galás, a work of unrelenting agony and pain that conveys the horrors of torture, in whatever form humans might find to inflict it upon one another. 'This is not ambient music', as the liner notes warn us.

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