Voice and Vox in the 21st Century
The Human Voice Takes New Shape
Sunday, October 23, 2011
It’s probably safe to assume that the human voice is the oldest of all musical instruments (and one with a slow, but unstoppable development). One of the conspicuous characteristics of the contemporary music scene is the radically diverse ways composers incorporate and alter the human voice and language in their music. This Sunday on Cued Up, we'll be having an hour-long exploration of the versatility and adaptability of this oldest of instruments.
Today's changes in vocal techniques and singing styles can be traced back to breakthroughs from the early 20th century, but more recent compositions hint at even larger departures from the conventional styles of singing. Is this related to a change in aesthetics? Maybe. But more likely, we can look to the influences from outside of the musical realm, such as advancements in technology and digital manipulation. Amplification alone has brought sound-artists the ability to use the voice not only in a soloistic manner, but also as a timbre or sonic element.
Join us Sunday at 2 pm, as we celebrate the sounds of the human voice in the early 21st century by listening to works by JacobTV, Pamela Z, Missy Mazzoli and Aleksandra Vrebalov.