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Paul DeMarinisSongs Without Throats

Paul DeMarinis - Songs Without Throats album cover
Label:Black Truffle – BT041
Format:
2 x Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Reissue, Remastered, Stereo
Country:Australia
Released:
Genre:Electronic, Non-Music
Style:Experimental, Sound Art, Speech, Spoken Word

Tracklist

A1If God Were Alive (& He Is) You Could Reach Him By Telephone
Voice, TamburaAnne Klingensmith
7:30
A2R4T5:27
A3Et Tu, Klaatu
PsalteryAnne Klingensmith
9:24
B1Eenie Meenie Chillie Beenie4:19
B2Novena6:55
B3Mind Power4:07
B4Yellow Yankee6:10
C1I Want You3:05
C2Vocal Variety4:24
C3Kokole6:40
C4Cincinnati 1830-1850
KeyboardsLaetitia Sonami
8:14
D1Edison's Piano11:31
D2The Lecture Of Comrade Stalin At The Extraordinary 8th Plenary Congress About The Draft Concept Of The Constitution Of The Soviet Union On November 25, 19367:10
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Notes

Opening with a mesmerizing piece from 1978 pairing the voice and tamboura of Anne Klingensmith with letters spat out by a Speak n’ Spell to the accompaniment of the randomized melodic patterns of DeMarinis’s homebuilt electronic instrument “The Pygmy Gamelan”, the record then dispenses with the live human voice in favor of its recorded and synthetic doubles. One can follow DeMarinis’s restless probing of the possibilities of technology, from the hacked Speak n’ Spell (which gives us the austere “Et Tu, Klaatu” (1979), another duet with Klingensmith, on bowed psaltery, in which the toy’s synthetic voice is stretched into an alien song) through to the use of digital samples manipulated with home computer technology in the early 1990s (including a remarkable collage piece that weaves a rare recording of Stalin‘s voice and bird-like electronic twittering derived from its formant – glides into a rich tapestry of samples reflective of the dictator’s musical life). In between is a rich sampling of DeMarinis’s signature work with speech melodies — usually unnoticed melodic inflections that lie within speech patterns — which he analyses and translates into synthesized musical accompaniment. These pieces draw on a wide variety of sources, which range from the hilarious to the menacing, combining elements as seemingly unlikely as Beethoven‘s piano sonatas and the sounds of ’80s synth-pop. The results are an extraordinary combination of the alien and the familiar. As DeMarinis himself characterizes his work with vocal synthesis, this is “a kind of signal that simultaneously carried and obscured meaning and ideation, even as it created a sound world totally alien in esthetic”.

Deluxe gatefold sleeve with archival images and liners by DeMarinis; design by Stephen O’Malley. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, Berlin.

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