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Doctoral Public Lecture - Matthew Becker

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Talbot College (TC)
Room: 101

Candidate: Matthew Becker
Program: Music 
Time: 11:00 am, Talbot College room 101
Thesis Title:  ...and the songs of another... for Six Voices & Live Electronics

The final requirement before a dissertation defense is a Public Lecture where the candidate presents his/her research in an open forum. We hope you will join us for Matthew Becker’s Public Lecture: 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 26 in room 1N75 International and Graduate Affairs Building.

…and the songs of another… is a composition of five songs for six voices and live electronics. Voice is the principal tool of sound generation, and the sounds produced by voice are transformed using extended and non-conventional vocal techniques plus electronics. I hence use voice in this manner with electronics to create unique sound development in a dramatic work.

The text in the composition is generated using phonemes through which nonsense words and sounds are constructed. In certain cases, vowel and consonant phonemes are combined to transform vocalized sounds. The electronics are pre-installed modules that come with the software Max/MSP, and each of the five songs applies different processing. These modules are: a frequency and pitch shifter, a harmonizer, a tapped delay object, a tape delay module that emulates the Roland RE-201 synthesizer, a pitch shifter, and a noise multiplier.

The discussion document outlines the concept of the sonic environment, use of text, electroacoustic modules, and an analysis of key areas in the work. Each of the five movements is discussed in detail, including how text, electronics, and musical elements are applied and transformed. Annotated musical examples accompany the analysis.

Krystyna Locke

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