This Is Just One Voice – Studio 7 March 27th 2015

“This Is Just One Voice” was performed during Studio 7 at Concordia University, Montreal QC, on March 27th 2015 with four speakers surrounding the audience and the lights turned low.

The poetry for this piece was developed in collaboration with the users of Concordia’s Fine Arts Reading Room during my artist residency in February 2015. Gratitude to the Reading Room. Here is the text:

This is Just One Voice
by Travis West,
in collaboration with the users
of Concordia’s Fine Arts Reading Room

I invited people to abuse my gravity
but when many voices speak at once
their meaning tends to blur. Read on

hKsszt

The source material for this assignment was any spoken passage (I recorded a short excerpt from “I Get a Hit“), from which only the unvoiced consonants were allowed. The only processing allowed for this project was cut, copy, paste, and changing the amplitude. With these processes, a somewhat surprising variety of effects are possible.

At first, I experimented mostly with pasting whole consonant sounds, and ordering them to make rhythmic motives. However, I quickly realized that, by taking a very small section of any given sound and pasting it repeatedly, it would make a buzzing tone with a perceptible pitch. Read on

I Get a Hit (CFSW 2013)

I was privileged to be a part of the Ink Spot SLAM! Team from Calgary. Beside my teammates, I competed in Canada’s national festival of spoken word. This poem, I Get a Hit, was created during my time at Mount Royal University in Calgary, AB, studying jazz piano.

Edit: I later used a short excerpt from this piece in an electroacoustic study, which I call “hKsszt“. My respect for anyone who can correctly identify which passage I used. Read on