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If Only We Could Let it Breathe : For Solo Voice and Electronics/Samples

by Ade Vincent (2019)

Work Overview

If Only We Could Let It Breathe is a suite of two songs for voice and electronics/samples. The work (and text by Tobias Selkirk) was purpose-written and recorded for the Adolph Spivakovsky Scholarship.

The piece explores the juxtaposition between the organic and the electronic; in the pairing of live voice and electronic backing, and also in the nature of the electronics and samples themselves. The piece makes extensive use of samples of live instruments, and also sample patches that closely (but not exactly) recreate live instruments. These are then digitally manipulated, sometimes subtly, sometimes with extreme effects, to heighten and reinforce the juxtaposition.

Work Details

Year: 2019

Instrumentation: Solo voice (baritone), electronics/samples (three players - 2 MIDI keyboards, MIDI controller, 3 laptops with ableton live, electronic drums).

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — High level of complexity in sampling

Contents note: I. If Only All -- II. Let It Breathe.

Commission note: Composed and recorded for the Adolph Spivakovsky Scholarship

Includes Spoken word text by Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi.


Adolph Spivakovsky Scholarship (2019)

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
2019 Adolph Spivakovsky Scholarship for the Composition of Music Winner Ade Vincent

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