for voices and snare drums

by Nathan Corder

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for voices and snare drums:

Set-up: At least two snare drums (with snares on) are to be placed in the center of a room, hall, or chosen environment. If the room is a concert hall, the snare drums should be in the center of the stage.

At least two vocalists should be in diagonally
opposite corners of the room. If the room is a concert
hall, the vocalists should be on opposite sides of the
stage, or the back of the concert hall.
Performance: While walking very, very, slowly towards the snare drums, one of the vocalists is to sing a tone. The tone is be to preformed on any vowel (a,e,i,o,u). The tone should be preformed very quietly, crescendo, and then decay softly. Once the tone has been sounded by one of the vocalists, the other vocalist is to sing the same tone on a different vowel, but with the same dynamic contour. While walking very, very, slowly towards the snare drums, each vocalist is to sound the same initial tone with different vowels, and separate entrances (though one must start as the other is either in the middle, or end, of sounding their tone). As the two vocalists get closer to the snare drums, the rate between each of the vocalists’ entrances is to increase. Once the two vocalists have approached the snare drums, they are to very, very, slowly lower their heads over the snare drums while singing the tones. The vocalists are to slowly start approaching the same vowel, and begin to very, very, slowly perform the same dynamic shape. Very, very, slowly fading to silence.

Nathan Corder, 2013


released August 10, 2018


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Nathan Corder Oakland, California

Nathan Corder is an Oakland-based composer of works for electronics, objects, and arrays of people.

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