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Robert Ashley

Yellow Man With Heart With Wings

Label: Lovely Music

Format: CD

Genre: Compositional

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€14.50
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1990 CD issue of Robert Ashley's 1978 piece for voice and electronics. A two-part composition with narration (part one in Spanish and part two in heavily altered English) commissioned by public radio station KUNM in Albuquerque, this music has a plain, serene beauty. Part one is a narration by Guillermo Grenier in dreamy, flatly inflected Spanish, backed by a four-note synthesizer track, and punctuated by mysterious, heavily processed vocalizations. Ashley throws in extensive sound washes and other electronic figures which flutter in and out of the mix. The text, "Ideas from The Church," will later shows up in the 1994 opera, Foreign Experiences. It is included in the liner notes. In part two, the four-note synthesizer line returns, this time backing an ethereal, sustained chord, and the vocals sound "like a distant rendering of the earth's electromagnetic halo." Personnel: Robert Ashley - English voice and all instruments; "Blue" Gene Tyranny - clavinet; Guillermo Grenier - Spanish voice.

Details
Cat. number: LCD 1003
Year: 2005
Notes:
Yellow Man With Heart With Wings was composed in 1978 and is based on the score In Memoriam... Kit Carson (Opera) and on the libretto and score ideas from 'The Church'. Recorded and mixed at KUNM. Remixed at the Recording Studio, Center for Contemporary Music, Mills College (Oakland, CA).