NEW WRITINGS OF SOUND AND MUSIC// a rawlings & Maja Jantar// “I will not ruin the environment” & “Tree hymn” (excerpted from Echolology)


echolology1 echolology2 echolology3


Leurs réponses au questionnaire L’Autre Musique, suivies d’une interprétation de la partition.

Website: |

Title of work: “I will not ruin the environment” & “Tree hymn” (excerpted from Echolology)

Instrumentation and methods of interpretation: Voice, a capella, structured improvisation

1. How would you describe this form of writing sound and / or music?

These two pieces are excerpted from a larger written work by a rawlings, entitled echolology. In part, the overall project considers the role that language plays in environmental degradation — and how to shift towards a sustainable interconnection via language deployment. As such, this form of writing sound could be classified as ecopoetic performance writing or sound-poetry scores.

2. How do you think your proposal can be interpreted?

These scores are comprised of text, and we have inherited strategies for how to voice text. Part of our work is to gently interrogate assumed speech strategies. How else might text prompt a reader (a vocalist) if considered as a score (rather than as text governed by conventional utterance rules)? Isn’t it exercises of this kind that help to strengthen transdisciplinary, non-conventional thought and action — skills needed also given the significant challenges facing all ecosystems on Earth?

3. What meanings or additional level provides this particular form of writing to the performance and / or to the interpretation of the work?

In the performance of the scores we’ve offered here, we retain some strategies (pronunciation of allophones, intonation guided by syntax) while incorporating non-conventional approaches (shift from speech to song, monotone, dissonance, certain letters as pitch-shifters, etc.). We also find aural performance of text (or the score comprised of text) conducive to improvisation (since there is a level of improvisation inherent in every speech-act) — and we exaggerate the possibility of improvisation in how we move through the scores (particularly in “Tree hymn,” where all pitch-work and speed choices are improvised).

The repetition of “I will not ruin the environment” offers an opportunity for a listener’s focus to shift from semantics to sound, and for the sound to intone semantics other than what is stated. “Tree hymn,” on the other hand, finds words and sentences in states of decomposition — prompting would-be readers to consider aural translation of this effect.



03. mai 2013 par Mathevet Frédéric
Catégories: New writings of sound and music | Tags: , , , , , | Commentaires fermés sur NEW WRITINGS OF SOUND AND MUSIC// a rawlings & Maja Jantar// “I will not ruin the environment” & “Tree hymn” (excerpted from Echolology)