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Meditation on 82

by Hannah Selin

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Meditation on 82 for voice and live electronics

Featuring Stephanie Lamprea, soprano (www.stephanielamprea.com)

If a gong could speak, what would it say? In Meditation on 82, the vocalist and the gong attempt a mutual metamorphosis. The soprano taps into the inner spirit of the gong, exploring its very rich sonic world. In the process, the vocalist begins to acquire some of the gong's peculiar metallic qualities, and the gong utters its first words (which are, unsurprisingly, unintelligible to humans).

Meditation on 82 is part of an ongoing series of meditations on specific frequencies. This one is based on the sound of a gong ageng, a large, pitched Indonesian gong. The particular gong I recorded for this piece has fundamental of E2, which is a low E two octaves below middle C. I spent many hours recording the gong with various mic placements, from very close to a few feet away, in front and behind, and along a range of different radial positions along the gong's surface. Through close listening and spectral analysis, I studied the pitches and rhythms created by the gong's many harmonic and inharmonic partials. These became the basic materials from which I constructed the piece.

Many thanks to Stephanie for bringing it to life!

The electronics for this piece were created using Max/MSP. The live version is for 4.1 surround sound.

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released February 27, 2021
Stephanie Lamprea, soprano

© 2020 Hannah Selin, ASCAP
℗ 2020 Pyxidata Publishing, ASCAP

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Hannah Selin Brooklyn, New York

Hannah juxtaposes acoustic instruments with voices, electronics, and field recordings to create strikingly vibrant sound-worlds. She is a founding member of the band GADADU (www.gadadu.com), and Xanthoria Quartet (www.xanthoriaquartet.com).

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