Human Drum Phillip Neil Martin

Human Drum cover
Duration
3 mins
Composed
2006
Published
2016
Categories

Voice, unaccompanied Vocal Trio

Instrumentation
3 Voices

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Programme note

Human Drum was a collaboration with the Juice Vocal Ensemble. The piece began in the recording studio where I recorded Juice singing notated fragments I’d popped together and also their own improvisations. I then edited and cut up all the audio into very tiny fragments in a myriad of ways to make a short rhythm-based electronic 3 part vocal piece. This forms part of my larger work Voices of the Asylum for voices, human beatbox, electronics, fashion and space.

The final track bares very little resemblance to the original recording studio session. Several weeks after I had finished Human Drum Juice asked me to transcribe the audio so they could sing the piece live (which wasn’t easy to do after all the cutting and processing!), therefore coming full circle! There are now two versions of Human Drum, the studio electronic track and the ‘live’ notated version. Human Drum is dedicated to the Juice Vocal Ensemble with affection.

First performed by Juice Vocal Ensemble on 3rd May 2007 at York Spring Festival, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York.

Premiere
Juice Vocal Ensemble, York Spring Festival, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York, 3rd May 2007
Performances
  • 3 May 2007 |

    York Spring Festival, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York

    |

    Juice Vocal Ensemble

Included in
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    Songspin Songbook

    A genre-defying collection of songs for female vocal trio, written for Juice Vocal Ensemble.