Andrea Young – Echo to the Sense

A collection of works for voice and electronics performed by Andrea Young


Audible Ecosystemics n.3b (Background Noise Study, in the Vocal Tract) (2005)
For live electronics with performer using microphone and mouth
Composer: Agostino Di Scipio
Performed & recorded by: Andrea Young

Audible Ecosystemics is a series of background noise studies by Agostino Di Scipio, where the notion of an audible ecosystem is achieved through an interaction between the performer, the electronics and the environment.

The performance of the “Background Noise Study, in the Vocal Tract” requires a miniature microphone to be placed within the mouth. Every 20 seconds, the background noise from the inside of the mouth is collected and then amplified into the concert space, which is ultimately returning back into the oral cavity. This feedback loop is accentuated with an intricate graphic score that requires filtering the noise within the oral cavity through formant shifting, as well as adding tiny glottal utterances, teeth clicks, and hyper attention to the involuntary muscular movements inside the mouth. At any point, the oral cavity may collect or create too much sound and the overall sonic ecosystem will fall out of balance. This highly sensitive interaction includes the performer, the space and the audience: the smallest sound may push the system out of balance, yet through withholding input and reducing the sonic input, the system may gradually return to an equilibrium.

“As a phenomenon of human experience, sound is never really object and is always event. We can attend to it as the audible manifestation of relations and interactions in the space-time unity of experience, in the here-and-now. A non-objectifying attitude is at work here, sensitive to the ecology of the living, embodied process that auditory perception is. This is something that the body knows well, but that we have unlearned: sound is difficult to objectify (electronically generated sound is no exception). Sensed in its unfolding in time across the tridimensional space, sound spreads around and within the listening body, as well as across and within the body of the sound source. As it takes place (and that takes time), it also takes on the semantic connotations of the place, an event in and of the environment.” (Agostino Di Scipio, from Contemporary Music Review, 2014)

Track 2
En Monochrome
Open Score
Composer: André Cormier
Performed & Recorded by:Andrea Young
Mixed and Mastered by: Brendan Byrnes

En Monochrome is based on only one unison pitch but divided into four parts: Intensité follows a dynamic curve, Hauteur follows a three-line staff that ranges from a semitone above and below the chosen pitch, Timbre follows four chosen variations, and Durée follows a re-articulation that ranges from slow to tremolo. The score is also in proportional notation; however, each system has different timings from one to another. Performer(s) must make a choice of durations as indicated, to apply to their individual part; each duration in their chosen line applies to each system respectively of their own individual part.

André Cormier maintains a busy schedule as a composer by fulfilling commissions and presenting work, all in an effort to greater understand what makes sound and silence so irresistible.

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Andrea Young is a performer-composer of instrumental and electroacoustic music, working specifically with acoustic, processed and resynthesized voice, as well as a sound-controlling voice enabled through feature extraction and data-driven live electronics. Recent commissions have been for Architek Percussion, Quatuor Bozzini, and Arraymusic and presented by Le Vivier, NO HAY BANDA, The Music Gallery, Arraymusic, Vancouver New Music, Calgary New Works and Innovations en Concert. Her scores, recordings and articles have been published by The Leonardo Music Journal (MIT Press USA), Éditions Musique Sisyphe (Moncton NB, Canada), EXOENDONOISE (Canada/USA), and La Camera Verde (Italy).