Trans:space

Duet for vOICE and Tabla

Duet for vOICE and Tabla with electronic drone.

“How do we perceive our environment through sound & how can we interpret that for an audience?”

Intrigued by Jane’s short film ‘Cuxton Subway’ I began creating a piece of music that I thought would best describe elements of music and sound perception that I have never experienced prior to Trans:space.
The first of these, as demonstrated in ‘Cuxton Subway’, was the effect of sound on the listener as they move through a space. The reverberations or resonating frequencies varied drastically as the space was entered, the source of the sound approached, passed and the space exited.
The second new element was the experience of the vOICE itself as an audio description of an environment. The rhythms (or meter) and melodic nuances created by the vOICE are fascinating. Although my experience of it was not enough to for me to rely on as a visual aid, it did undoubtedly describe the visual aspects and formations of the environments or spaces we visited.

So ‘Duet for vOICE and Tabla’ was created. New tabla recordings were made and layered with short tabla samples from each of the five locations. Using reverbs, compression and eq I simulated the acoustic properties of each space as best as I could to attempt to interpret each space for the listener. New recordings were made simply because the intention was to create one piece of music which moved through each of the spaces rather like Jane walking through the tunnel. I wanted therefore to work in a particular BPM based on the pulse rate of certain vOICE recordings. Extracts from the recordings of the vOICE were then layered with the tabla recordings. Each vOICE recording has been matched with the appropriate tabla recording according to location. Please note though that a subtle electronic drone has also been added to glue the two main elements together.

SUBWAY
CHAPEL
HALL
STUDIO
PINE WOODS
HALL
CHAPEL
PINE WOODS
STUDIO
SUBWAY

For descriptions of the environments listed please see the post ‘Medway Tabla’ November 18th, 2013.

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