Lily Greenham: Lingual Music

“Contrary to the traditional way of ‘setting words to music’, in ‘lingual music’ speech ‘emerges as music’. The first step in working process is the recording of a ‘repertoire’ of letters / syllables / other fragments / words and sentences. This is then used mechanically only. ‘Lingual music’ pieces could not be performed live. The only sound source used is the human voice (if not otherwise stated). The recorded material is electronically processed and the result leaves the listener at times in doubt whether he is listening to ‘electronic music’ or the human voice; at other times the voice comes over ‘straight’ and bears no trace of electronics.”

Lily Greenham




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