"Sound For Picture"
"Sound For Picture" and Lightning Strikes Not Once But Twice are from a series of pieces about five senses based on texts by writers who have suffered trauma to their hearing, sight, taste, touch or smell. The melody and rhythm of the spoken words trigger percussive sounds and resonate the strings of a "backwards" electric guitar. The latter instrument, which produces an effect akin to that of shouting into a piano with the dampers raised, is also used to transform birdsong, feedback and swooping oscillators. "Sound For Picture" incorporates a text by South African poet David Wright, in which he describes the moment in his childhood when he realized that he had lost his hearing, when he separated visual cues from the sounds he associated with them. (N.C.)


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