Studies I and II- for soprano, piano and electronics

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Studies I and II For soprano and electronics

February 2019

Shu-Yu Lin


Program note These two studies are sound experiments. They are inspired by the poem “Requiem for Beauty” by Gao Xingjian. The text used in the studies consisted of selected lines from the translated version, by Gilber C. F. Fong, of the poem, except the line ‘gao su wo men!’, which is a transliteration of the Chinese original text ‘

’, which means ‘tell us’ in English. There is no literal reason for

choosing certain lines from the poem. I select them mainly for their potentials to be used as part of the music. Extended vocal techniques, electronics and theatrical elements complement each other. Vocal techniques allow me to explore the sound of the text and use them flexibly. For example, they can be used to go through a few lines very quickly, or elongate a syllable. These elements work with electronics, which is also able to shorten and extend the duration of a sound. The piano plays clusters and is used as ‘reverberation box’, with one speaker aiming into the piano. Electronics diffuses for immersive experience through 8 speakers, with 2 placing on the left and the right of the stage and 6 surrounding the audience. The theatrical elements further reinforce the dramatic nuance. For example, soprano walks to positions in the hall to sing beside the speaker. Multicolor flashlight provides visuals of the movements of the mouth while soprano sings. The three forces, voice, electronics and theatrical elements work together to bring out my interpretation of the poem.


Explanatory notes Soprano

inhale exhale

spoken

speaking-singing (Sprechstimme) singing-speaking (more voiced than Sprechstimme)

Whisper

Shouting

murmur/ mouth nearly closed

unvoiced

half-voiced

voiced

Step on button 3 to modify diffused voice to tenor

Step on button 3 again to stop voice modification

P1 refers to position 1 in the hall. P2 refers to position 2 etc. STAGE refers to original position on stage.


Piano

Electronics

Press button 1 on synthesizer to allow soprano voice project into piano through speaker. Press button 1 on the synthesizer again to stop the speaker projects sound into the piano

Press button 1 on midi controller

Link to script: https://github.com/shuyulin/studiesIandII Technical specification Studies I: Akai APC mini Akai MPK mini 1 dynamic microphone 1 condenser microphone 9 speakers Laptop computer running SuperCollider Programming environment Audio interface with at least 9 outs and 1 ins Studies II: Akai APC mini Akai MPK mini Akai LPD 8 ActitionN 4 button midi foot pedal 1 dynamic microphone 1 condenser microphone 9 speakers Laptop computer running SuperCollider Programming environment Audio interface with at least 9 outs and 1 ins Props Multicolor flashlight, contains blue, yellow, red and white lights


Stage plan P1 refers to position 1 in the hall. P2 refers to position 2 etc. stage refers to original position on stage.

STAGE piano soprano mic 2 sp 9

speaker 1

stage

mic 1

sp 3

sp 4

electronics P1

P6

sp 5

sp 6

AUDIENCE

P5

sp 7 P4

sp 2

P2

sp 8 P3


Studies- I Shu-Yu Lin

F

q = 60

4 &4 r

choppy

Soprano

...

The Street is bright and illuminated, Heavy traffic, vehicles in an unending stream,

4 &4

Piano

1

?4 4>

r

norm.

r

...

...

But there's no sense of humanity, This jungle of concrete and steel,

!

!

!

!

1 ~recStart

Electronics

1 [ ~bar1 (by pianist)

&r

3

S

...

Countless glass panes,

peo - ple

... dark a ----- by --

A city built with money, Standing tall within the

!

!

?

!

!

3

(~recStart)

Elec.

signs of

3

&

3

Pno.

Yet no

‚ ‚ ‚

r

(~bar1 by pno)


2

"

5

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5

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(~recStart) (~bar1 by pno)

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&

7

Pno.

& ?

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b œœ # n œœ

7

(~bar1 by pno)

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7

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3

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4 &4

9

S

r Ñ

...

The gracefulness of movements,

No more will we see the azure sky, Even the immense see has been polluted,

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9

Pno.

...

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release

9

(~bar1 by pno)

Elec.

11

S

&

f

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11

Pno.

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mouth normal speaking shape

& b www

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mouth shape exaggerated

The look that stirred our hearts, The exquisite image that capured our souls, All have become as distant as memories,

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1 off when soprano breath

j œœœ

11

(~bar1 by pno)

Elec.

]

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4

S

eyes wide open, lean backward, dramatic

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13

Pno.

Beauty

hold breath

Œ

7

is no more just like

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13

2 off

2 ~bar13

Elec.

15

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15

Pno.

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Elec.

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3 off

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5

!

17

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Pno.

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Elec.

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19

Pno.

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Elec.

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21

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Pno.

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Elec.

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21

23

ƒ F bœ >


Studies- II Shu-Yu Lin

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q = 60

4 &4

Soprano

f

œ fl gao su

j #œ

4 & 4 # # œœ S> ? 4 >œœ 4

Piano

p

to half voiced

wo

f n œ¿ fl men

!

Œ

Ó

!

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Ó

!

lift at the same time when soprano pronounce 'men'

1 ~recStart

Electronics

2 ~bar1Sop ~bar1Sop2

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3

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& &Ó

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Pno.

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Œ

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3

Elec.

~bar1Sop ~bar1Sop2

3 ~recStart2 2 off

4 ~bar4SopButton4 5 [ ~bar4forSopB3

]


2

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!

b3 off

5

S

&

5

Pno.

?

5

6 ~bar5GrainRec2

Elec.

(~bar4SopButton4)

4 off

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& ?Ó

Œ

Œ

7

Pno.

f j

!

7

7

# # # www

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® ®

& &

... face

" www

7 ~bar8Sop

Elec.

(~bar5GrainRec2)

6 off

beaming

with

... a

j

smi ---


3

p

9

S

&

9

Pno.

& &

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---------------- le

œœœ

walk to P1 get flash light ready, color red

Œ

Ó

!

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Ó

!

Œ

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!

?

release 9

8 ~bar9Gran

Elec.

8 off

(~bar8Sop)

7 off

P1 flash light on- red light face under chin

F flash light off # ‰ Ó # œ œ œ & > ¿ ¿ > bœ œ

walk to P2 get flash light ready- color blue

11

S

Don't un---- der -- stand

11

Pno.

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# œœ # > 6

11

9 ~bar12Playback

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?


4 P2 flash light on- blue light right cheek toward P6 to create shadow

F ¿ & œ

13

S

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3

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you

3

j

tal ---------- king

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3

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·.

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13

Pno.

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&‰ release

p #œ

13

9 off

Elec.

P3

15

S

&

& n # ˙˙ œ ‰ & œ Œ

15

Elec.

f

walk to P3 get flash light ready- color yellow

15

Pno.

flash light on- yellow light right cheeck toward P6

!

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know

to spoke n

o

flash light off on 'that'

that

Œ Œ

lift on 'that'


5 P4 flash light on- white light left cheeck toward P1

S

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&

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&

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17

Pno.

f #œ

walk to P4 get flash light ready- color white

17

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ha ----------------------------------- s

# # ww p

ww

17

10 ~panPianoWithSop

Elec.

19

S

o

& ·

P5 turn flash light to color red

d to voice

F œ

-------------------------------------- n

? Ó

19

Pno.

? Ó 19

(~panPianoWithSop)

Elec.

# # ˙˙˙

F # # ˙˙

Œ

flash light off walk to P6 get flash light ready- color blue

!

www ww

walk to P5

be ------------


6 P6

& ? ˙˙˙

Ó

? ˙˙

Ó

lift hands, L.H. damp C strings

21

Pno.

F

!

21

S

flash light on- blue light face under chin

&

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p

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.

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œ+

œ+

œ+

Œ

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!

lift on '-d'

21

(~panPianoWithSop)

10 off

Elec.

23

S

& ?

23

Pno.

?

n # œœ œ

F

œ bœ

flash light off walk back to stage position

!

freeze, keep lighting

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&n

!

!

# œœ n œ #œ

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23

Elec.

11 ~bar24Playback

?


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S

& Ó. & # œœœ n œ Ó f ? ˙˙ ˙Ó

25

Pno.

p ‚

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stage

25

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Œ b˙ subito p b˙ Œ

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&

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11 off

Elec.

27

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&

27

Pno.

& &

freeze

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w

˙.

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27

Elec.

12 ~bar27Playback

13 ~bar28Playback 12 off

&

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˙

&


8

29

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#w & Π"

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29

Pno.

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29

Elec.

13 off

relax

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˙. ˙.

! Œ Œ