To World of Awe

The love letters included in the traveler's journal all end with the same signature, a phrase that illustrates the melting distinction between self and place. This phrase conveys a constant mindset that underlies the different moods found in the letters. Yours Forever is a polyphonic setting of this text. The musical practice of Polyphony originated and evolved in the churches of medieval Europe. It is the practice of arranging multiple, distinct voices, in harmonious co-existence. As a medium it is used to depict a place where the personal meets the eternal. In Yours Forever, sound editing software is used to generate the multiplicity of voices from a single singer; thereby achieving a vocal portrait of the traveler, whose identity is unknown, simultaneously as one and many.

The theme is a melodic (programmatic) description of the signature phrase. It starts with "yours forever" chanted on a single note (eternity) with a little ornament inserted as a tiny personal tremor, which then leads to the high point of the phrase—the climatic passion; followed by a descending scale for "sunset" and ascending scale for "sunrise." This melody is the source "code" for the multiple variations that follow in this piece as well as in others. It is the most fundamental, unifying, musical formula in Music for World of Awe.

Digital technology enables the changing of pitch without changing the speed or length of the audio sample. However, the farther the pitch from the original recorded sound, the less one can recognize the source. In Yours Forever one finds a continuum in the degree in which the voice is manipulated from fairly natural to highly processed. This characteristic lends a peculiar artificiality to the work and brings forth the specific qualities of digital process. Once the voice is converted into bits, it becomes a highly malleable digital substance.

Narrative passage:

"Yours forever
Your sunset/sunrise forever yours
Yours forever yours"


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