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Issue 4.3 / 2015: 9

AlphabetA

Kaie Kellough


Running time: 7:12
Released on Creole Continuum (HOWL! 2014)
Kaie Kellough - Vocal
Jason Sharp - Bass Saxophone
Tyler Fitzmaurice - Mixing
Dimitri Condax - Mastering
Nazik Dakkach - Design
Recorded at The Treatment Room (Montréal)

This audio piece is based on the alphabet.  The vocal line moves backward and forward from a-z and from z- back to -a, while increasing and decreasing tempo, and seizing opportunities for improvisation.  The saxophone alternates between fluid droning lines and swirling clusters of notes.  Breath can also be heard on this recording, notably the circular breathing of the saxophone player.  I often think of this piece as "blowing air through the holes in letters."

AlphabetA contemplates on the idea of a standard English pronunciation, and how that standard varies depending on culture, country, and language of origin.  Out of this comes a focus on the basic building blocks of speech: the phonemes.  This audio piece is an attempt to broadly explore and sound the elemental material of our language.