Hello fellow poemophoners.
This is Ethan…being new to wordpress I hope all of this ends up in the right place.
I wanted to post a few bits of directional possibilities that I have been exploring with my Model 5 poemophone.
This past winter I was working on a piece for choir that is acting as a leaping off point for some vocal/poemophone performance ideas.
One peculiar thing that I really like about the poemophone is that it gives tonality to vocal sounds that generally don’t have tonality. There are a number of vocal sounds that don’t vibrate the vocal cords and instead are constituted solely from mouth-shape and breath. By vocalizing these consonants and simultaneously thumbing the corresponding key on the poemophone the voice merges with instrument, and strangely the toneless consonants become toned. I have made some simple recordings of this interaction between my own voice and my poemophone, the Model 5.
The first set uses longer sustained consonants…
The second uses shorter staccato consonants…
I am brainstorming ways that we could create a group performance using these consonants as raw material. For instance all of us layering our voices by vocalizing Sssss and simultaneously intoning the corresponding letter on our individual instruments would create a richly layered density of sound material. We could shift between consonants and create changes, exchanges, etc.
Individual microphones for each of our voices and amplification for each of our poemophones would be great if possible.
This is just a beginning – looking forward to meeting you all and discussing these pieces in person.