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In Dead Can Dance: Sanvean, Lisa Gerrard manipulates the volume of her voice to get a quite strong emotional effect (at least on me :-)). Here it is in two versions:
Studio-recorded version with original video:
A concert version (sung even more hauntingly, but sound is sadly not perfect at some points) with an intro interview with Gerrard (actual song starts at 00:50), watch her facial expressions:
(rg had songs he played 36 times in one run; I have both the studio and a concert version of this as mp3, I must have reached similar levels when I listened to both looped.)
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
I wanted to place the following piece in the consonance/dissonance diary, but I couldn't find the right place. I think you'll like it--it's Purcell, who, the more I hear, the more I like. (3:18)
The reason I post it here is that the tone (somewhat!) reminds me of the Lisa Gerrard piece, also in the 'soprano' tone--where the voice is deep, but there's an overtone or a sense of how high the voice can go--and there are passages when it rises high--the dynamics of the human voice.
Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.
I hadn't heard her before you posted those first clips in earlier diaries, such a great voice. I mentioned it to a friend, "Hey! I heard Dead Can Dance, the singer--" "Lisa Gerrard, yes. Excellent voice."
I must admit to a feeling that with your knowledge of music, I'd be hard-pressed to find anything new you'd see as classy, original and that won't remind you of precedents (which I may not know about)... So I was both surprised and pleased I could give you Dead Can Dance :-) But, staying on the theme, here is what Lisa talks about in that interview:
Glossolalia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Glossolalia (from Greek glossa γλῶσσα "tongue, language" and λαλεῖν "to talk") is the vocalizing of fluent speech-like but unintelligible utterances, often as part of religious practice. Its use (including use in this article) sometimes also embraces Xenoglossy - speaking in a natural language that was previously unknown to and that is not understood by the speaker.
I wonder what associations glossolalia throws up in you.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
(The intro guitar line is one of those that I used to love to play on the guitar, it's a classic rock riff, a Keith Richard's riff but plucked out--I read once that Liz Fraser used to write out all the words she sang--so she had a specific lyric, but the words weren't from any known language)
Carolyn's fingers - Cocteau twins (3:04)
...but what came first to my mind, the person I immediately thought of when bouncing away from the religious thought was....Fela Kuti. He didn't make words up, indeed he used english in a specific way which I like, repeating phrases, but that idea of--yes, it's that he inserted non-sense phrases "a waka waka waka"--or maybe they made sense, there's that mix of language as communication via picture-connotations (tree, house) and....abstracts--
But, I checked the lyrics and I'm not sure--I think he's using local language words, mixing them with an english variant...anyways, I posted this piece before but it's worth another go round.
Fela Kuti Lyrics
ZOMBIEZombie-o, zombie** *(police/army-unthinking followers)[CHORUS] ZOMBIE-O, ZOMBIE (2X)Zombie no go go, unless you tell am to go[CHORUS] ZOMBIE *(after each line)Zombie no go stop, unless you tell am to stopZombie no go turn, unless you tell am to turnZombie no go think, unless you tell am to thinkZombie-o, zombie[CHORUS] ZOMBIE-O, ZOMBIE (2X) (repeat last 2 stanzas)Tell am to go straight-- Joro, Jara, JoroNo break, no job, no sense-- Joro, Jara, Joro Tell am to go kill-- Joro, Jara, JoroNo break, no job, no sense-- Joro, Jara, JoroTell am to go quench-- Joro, Jara, JoroNo break, no job, no sense-- Joro, Jara, JoroGo and kill[CHORUS] JORO, JARA, JORO (after each line)Go and dieGo and quench* **(destroy)Put am for reverseGo and killGo and dieGo and quench *(3x)Joro, Jara, Joro- O Zombie way na one way (3x)Joro, Jara, Joro- Ooooh
The singing doesn't start until five minutes in, btw! (length of track, 10:01)
And one more piece came to mind--Vocalise by Rachmaninov. There are different versions, the ones for voice don't have words, just a voice.
RACHMANINOFF: Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14 (7:39)
Cocteau Twins - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Although the entire band was praised for their performances, Fraser received the most attention. At times barely decipherable, Fraser seemed to veer into glossolalia and mouth music.
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