“…as it flies…”

for quadraphonic tape

2000-01   13' 20"   pub: Composer

Over the past 20 years I have become increasingly receptive to the mystery of the elusive, the intangible… a distinct perception of the ineffable as experienced in my daily life. ‘…as it flies…’ is by no coincidence my first work for tape, a musical medium which provides a most direct access to the world of imagination. The sound sources I have used are words extracted from a poem called ‘Eternity’ by the English poet and painter William Blake (1757-1827). All the sounds heard in this work derive from a female – spoken – voice reciting the Blake’s poem. The complete text of the poem is the following:

He who binds to himself a joy does the wingéd life destroy / But he who kisses the joy as it flies lives in Eternity’s sunrise

The text has been explored in three ways: i) in its entirety (each line of the poem taken as a recitation module and a syntactic-rhythmic unit); ii) as single, ‘extracted’, words (each word being explored as a specific sound object per se); iii) as individual micro-sounds (i.e. phonemes, vowels and consonants, including the breathing of the speaker).

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