autumn is the fourth in a five-part series of performance installations created by the Long Tone Choir, based on the seasons. The soundscape of autumn is inspired by the season’s processes of descending, diminishing and condensing. Over the course of an hour, the sound slowly shifts from harmonically and texturally dense to sparse with surprises along the way, like passing autumn windstorms. The overall effect is like a slow opening of a hand, from grasping to letting go.
The durational aspect of these works and the rate at which changes occur pleasantly alter perceptions. The pace of time becomes vast, fluid and organic, inviting a meditative state of mind – perfect for the reflective nature of the season.
Following the performance, the audience is invited to stay for a brief Q&A and view and bid on the scores and sculptures. Proceeds from the auction will support the completion of this series with the production of summer 2: harvest in 2019.
About the Long Tone Choir
The Long Tone Choir is a manifold project based on the cornerstones of listening, breathing, mindfulness, and responsive sounding. Founded by Rae Diamond in 2013, it is a path of personal and communal exploration, consisting of local and national communities of singers and a growing body of composition-meditations scored in English text that generate complex, organic evolutions of sound-art through untreated human voices and breath. Our repertoire creates biotic and centripetal developments of sound, time and perception by using the inherently irregular tempo of breath as the musical pulse, playing within the harmonic series with specific pitches, vowels and vocal manipulations, and traversing the ragged edges of harmonic adventure through aleatory methods.
About the HUSH Series
The HUSH Series, created by Center for New Music curator Julia Ogrydziak, explores sound as meditation. We feature artists and works which suspend us in time. Giving us a space and a moment to breathe in a hectic world.