Friday, September 28, 2007

Gesang der Jünglinge

Ten seconds of silence. Watery synthesized modulations burst through the quiet. Then the sharp attack of high-pitched tinkles gives way to the sounds of singing human voices - women or young children. Voices begin to rise up in the mix. The singing voices modulate and blend with the resonances of the synthesized sounds. As piece rises into sonorous cacophony, I struggle to differentiate the sounds of human voices from the artificial oscillations of the synthesized tones. The cacophony subsides and breaks begin to occur between the bursts of sound. The voices become shorter and the synthesized tones become long and smooth. Short bursts of noise punctuate occasionally as the piece nears the end. What does my inability to understand the language of the voices contribute to my perception of the musicality of this piece?

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