Black disciples (vocal trios)
by Cat Hope (2013)
Performance by Eneksis Choir, Micheál McCarthy from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 42.
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Library shelf no. CD 2519 [Available for loan]
The Black Disciples are a large African American street gang based in Chicago in the USA. They use the roman numeral III as an identifying symbol, representing 'mind, body and soul', which are featured the closing words of the piece. The work explores the relationship of long, low sung words and the way they interact with radio static. The numeral is turned on its side, drawn out and distorted, the cracking subharmonics of the dry, low male voices cut off abruptly by the sound of different syllables.
Instrumentation: Three low male voices, or male choir, and handheld a.m. radios.
Duration: 8 min.
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Experimental music, graphic notation. INFLUENCES: drone music.
To perform this piece you will need the Decibel ScorePlayer, an iPad application that puts the score in motion and coordinates the performance. You will need a file to upload into the Decibel ScorePlayer for this piece. You can download it from here.
Performances of this work
7 Aug 2014: at More Talk, Less Action - Composition Is Dead (West Space Gallery).
12 Apr 13: ABC Studio 620, Perth, WA. Featuring Decibel.
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