logic ballad #2: The guarded tourist makes the guide the test.
A video of a performance by Elizabeth Hilliard. It is a dramatic ballad built entirely from three-note phrases related to each other by permutational processes. This is intended to be the enaction of a constantly developing thought process.The text was assembled from a pool of 25 words:
across awake coast continue detonate eyes faded fear from hid if into latitude night paradise reefs since slowly story swung together turned underneath view you.
The basic structure is the following:
Setting the scene
Memory of Initial Scene
The background to this piece was my interest in improvised process music; more information on this can be found on the Compositions/Improvised Process Music page.
Eleven types of minute
The bright kids (logic ballad)
A monodrama; the character is a school-teacher. An attempt to ‘compose with words’, hence the text was written along with the music, with the aim of highlighting that the expressivity of each word resides in its sonic characteristics. Simple permutational processes are employed: basic, stripped-down poetry. Performed here in June 2011 by soprano Elizabeth Hilliard, for whom the piece was written.