Making music out of human speech

I’ve published about the function of artist and composer, Noah Wall, on Boing Boing right before (listed here and listed here). In his hottest venture, Speech Patterns, Noah derives audio from the rhythm, tone, and timbre of the human voice employing resource content together with the voices of Octavia Butler, Michel Foucault, a cattle auctioneer, people today speaking in tongues, and ASMR.

Every restricted version LP and cassette features hand-stamped cover art working with styles derived from Speech Styles notation.

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From the liner notes:

Beginning with a telephone device message left by the late Michael Evans, Noah took a bunch of YouTube video clips of conversations and speeches, set the audio via Melodyne (an autotune app) and then saved the results as a MIDI document. From there he spread the information out to various MIDI instruments to participate in back again the pitch conversions of the sourced communicate. The material is stretched out, looped, and manipulated in different methods to realize a legitimate polyphony that belies its monophonic origins. Even much more than musique concrete, the effects feel completely divorced from their initial source, as listed here a different layer of representation is eliminated by rubbing out the information of the speeches, as opposed to applying a audio recognizable as a practice, for instance, or everything whose sound only signifies the item itself fairly than on top of that conveying a linguistic indicating. In some cases they’re purposely contrary to their resource product, as in the ominous, bass-significant “ASMR,” a marked contrast to the deliberately relaxing, semi-whispered woman voice it really is taken from. The tunes is startlingly melodic, presented its backstory, but Noah’s previous one particular-male band Jukeboxer shown his abilities as a tunesmith Speech Patterns is the logical product of the very same intellect at the rear of the Jukeboxer songs as nicely as the subversive masterstroke of generating anagrams of every Brian Eno/Peter Schmidt Indirect Tactic card (Grotesque Tables II). The music’s polyrhythms, derived from the cadences of the speakers’ phrasing, show a parallel concerning polyrhythm and dialogue, as effectively as recalling Conlon Nancarrow’s dizzying Reports for Player Piano and Frank Zappa’s “Although You Had been Art II” (a Synclavier playback of a transcription of a single his guitar solos).

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Pictures: Promo pictures from Noah Wall.

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