for speaker & electronics (w/chair), (this particular rendition seems to have incorporated a part for chorus)
(this isn’t as much a piece of the whole CANTICLE OF NONSENSE it’s more just a recording of Elegy;theJobDone. there WILL BE MORE Canticle of Nonsense documents. Dan Ryan and Luke have a lot of footage and it will see the light of day at some point in some form. I also have some audio that sounds pretty good which will also be turned into something. trying to keep track of all photos too. so i’m planning for a righteous compilation of documentation (even though I, as i’ve said, stayed away from sanctioned documentation at this one) LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS OR CONTRIBUTIONS OR HELP OR INTEREST IN THAT COMPILATION thank you aaaallllllllll)
the acoustic recordings were gathered as gestural nonsense, the closest thing to an anchor we had was the piano phrase (c# add11 - C6 #11 - E69 #11, the same exact phrase is also in Rhodora Idyll toward the end. I recycled). Alto Saxophone Greg’s Dad started with melodic ad libs on this phrase, but the sense decayed through the course of the session and we traveled from air to teeth to guttural overtones. I sketched the sounds’ shapes and colors towards the dramatic flow of the libretto in a blueprint after the tradition of graphic notation, and then Greg proceeded to arrange and develop all this in Ableton, during which time I was shouting in his face and bothering his life. the guitar part was played by an ‘85 ibanez with a dimebag seymour, ‘83 rivera-built fender with the reverb all the way up, knives, a handful of coins, and a chair.
many of the aesthetic choices and a lot of producerly advice are a direct result of Greg’s workflow, he definitely has a big chunk of authorship here even though most of his stuff is from a different land dig it here soundcloud.com/greg-driza .
i suppose since i described the background of the musical landscape i should have a paragraph about the conceptuals and the thematics and the pretentions and the whathaveyous. but if you want to hear me talk about chairs, shouts, un-sense, theatrics, drama, franciscan mythology, and circles that’s too bad.