David Cunningham - voiceworks
  Year :   1992
  Location :   England
  Worktype :   Album
  Materials:   -
  Info :   piano 505. Available from http://www.stalk.net/piano/pianocat.htm

  Work Details  
  notes on the CD: this music is not only concerned with voices. the voice is the element which unifies the differing treatments. through this point of reference the processes are exposed and allowed an identity beyond the rôle of pure manipulation. the technical procedures are not in themselves important. they are devices, a vocabulary of musical electronics (as opposed to electronic music) to structure the voicings of other musics. the important element in the construction of much of this music is the exploration of soft systems, responsive systems as opposed to pure process. although this would appear to be a rather clinical procedure, because of inherent defects in the machines, difficulty in precise control of the system and the resultant mistakes the system is more likely to respond in an unpredictable way, creating something which has very much in common with the product of a non-technical culture. the studio and associated machines draw on the grain, the physical properties, of the source material. this overall approach deals with music as texture and as a time-based activity as well as rhythm, melody and harmony. for the most part it can only exist as recorded sound. David Cunningham may 1992 An extended version of Canta was commissioned by Ian Spink with funding from the Arts Council of Great Britain. it was first performed as a dance work at York Arts Centre on the 15th October 1980. The piece is performed by six dancers. The movement material was developed mostly through a series of dense verbal instructions issued to the dancers by the choreographer who refrained from physically demonstrating any of the steps. Ian Spink may 1992 thanks to: Masanori Akashi for his help and encouragement Thomas Fehlmann for advice Ian Spink for his use of the work in his dance work canta Ken McMullen and Stuart Brisley for commissioning some of this music for their film Being and Doing Mark Lucas and Jane Thorburn for their commissions of other pieces of this music for the television series Alter Image