Harmonic Words

Been thinking on another possible method of performance – this time considering the layered harmony of poemophones to voice words.

Instead of spelling words out letter by letter I have been playing around with layering all the letters in the word together to create a harmony that voices the word all at once.  For instance to play the word  HOW on the poemophone I am hitting the H, O, and W keys all at the same time.  This method essentially breaks words down into a series of harmonic syllables, transforming the written word into the poemophones’ oral/aural voice.

As a group we could use this method as a way to speak in unison.  One possibility would be to color code letters with poemophones.  For instance, my model 5 could be the color green, and I would be responsible for hitting the letter that is colored green in each syllable.  Bluebird could be the color blue, etc.   Perhaps we would have these color coded syllables rhythmically projected in the space so that we would be able to remain in sync.

Here is an example of what the following sentence might sound like…audio example


This systemic blend of tonality, rhythm, and language allows for a visceral combination of reading, playing, and listening that has a lot of possibility. A bit more technically involved, but it could be worth exploring.

I’ve also been working on a score for Newly Tonal Consonants and am excited to share that with you all in person soon.

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  1. Hi, Tracey and Company:

    Looking forward to seeing you in Portland!

    Nice blog. Beautiful pictures!

    I was just reading through things here and thought I’d check out how much advance advertising you have. I found something about the opening reception and the venue had a page up about the performance, but no contact to buy tickets or link back to a main page. Do you think there should be more effort to spread the word? I don’t know how the social calendar works in Portland, but in NY, unless you’re running some big free concert in the park, you really have to advertise,,,

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