Tuesday, January 24, 2012

you did not expect me to live... I have said it. I will live.

 Old Mother by Gary Barwin by himself@garybarwin.com

This is another chant created using MS Word voice synthesis.

This one uses a few near-whispered voices -- shaky, old men's voices, spirit voices. The text is a poem that I wrote nearly 30 years ago while studying ethnomusicology at York University and having listened to some very moving Native chants that were intensively metaphysical and spiritual in their intent and effect. Here's a link to the text.

This recording that I've made on this half raining, half snowing dark afternoon is also strangely moving to me. Preternatural and haunting in its basic assertion. "Old mother...you did not expect me to live... I have said it. I will live.

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