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La Barbara, Joan / Voice Is the Original Instrume
Album:Voice Is the Original Instrume Collection:General
Artist:La Barbara, Joan Added:01/2004
Label:Lovely Music, Ltd 

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Add Date:2004-06-28 Pull Date:2004-08-30 Charts:Classical/Experimental
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Album Review
Mandy Khoshnevisan
Reviewed 2004-06-26 
Primordial vocal exercises, and electronic pieces created from same. Disc one: a series of basic vocal explorations. Disc two: “sound paintings,” evocative compositions using the building blocks of disc one. Not many words here, just the funny sounds the human voice instrument can make. Liner notes explain the concept/inspiration for pieces. Good for layering, or eerie backgrounds or soundbeds?

---Disc One (recorded in 1974)- introspective explorations of primal vocal noises.
1. (15:20) same note, different qualities of resonance.
2. (8:29) more violent and percussive, scratchy, snorty sounds
3. (7:31) one long sustained, no breaks—vocalized inhales and exhales
4. (13:45) explorations of “chordal singing”—almost two notes at once
*5. *(19:21) “ululations, birdlike calls and sonic gestures” kinda cool.

---Disc Two (collections of “sound paintings,” with electronically layered vocals)
1. (16:41) metallic, echoing, creepy, SciFi. Recorded live on guitar amp tools
2. (12:19) sounds like a buzzing eerie rainforest; animal cries and ambient groans
*3. *(7:28) a dance of four funny beasts, each with a distinct character
*4. *(8:06) chords and cries manipulate a radio interview on weird singing
5. (13:22) synthed song lyrics with birdcalls, pants, grunts, ambient drones
*6. *(14:19) vocal shooting stars; very supernatural.

Track Listing
1.Voice Piece: One-Note Intern 6.Vocal Extensions
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