NOISE- Sound description
INTRODUCTION SOLO IN BAR AREA
The first piece of music is a classical music aria from Vivaldi’s opera “Il Giustino'' (composed in 1724) played with piano and cello (no vocals).
The music flows in waves with peaks and troughs, the dancer is following the fluid feeling of the music with the ondulations of his body.
It has a warm and expressive quality to it and creates an intimate feeling. Some moments could be perceived as quite emotional.
FIRST SCENE IN THEATRE
A male dancer is making noises with his voice, these include: clicking his tongue, drawing air out with an “s” sound, shrieks, guttural noises and the sound of an inhaled kiss. The idea is that the noises sound as if they could come from other objects: a fan, the air drawn out of a balloon, a creaking door… even though they are made by a human voice.
The sounds are created, looped and manipulated live, playing back through the speakers as they travel around the room in a figure of 8 pattern.
The screens show sound reactive visuals that make visible volume and pitch and where the sound is coming from.
THREE DANCERS PERFORMING LIFTS IN THE CENTRE OF THE OPEN SPACE
This is a contemporary/electronic music track that uses the sounds of Vivaldi’s Aria from the Introduction Solo, but drawing them out and adding reverberations and echoes. It feels like time is expanding. There is an otherworldly feeling about it and it feels quite vulnerable, sensitive and emotional. It flows in waves and it has a pulsating feeling about it.
Some of it can remind us of jazz musical quality, laidback and groovy.
TWO DANCERS ON AND AROUND THE BOARD
As the male dancer takes off the headphones of the female dancer, there is a sudden change from the pleasant music from before into just noises.
The beginning sounds like a scratching record, there is also a sustained high pitched squeal quite unpleasant.
At times it feels as if you are trying to tune a radio and are in between stations, other times it sounds like air escaping from a balloon. Sound is distorted and cacophonic.
The four times that the female dancer brings the headphones back to her ears there are echoes of the Vivaldi’s Aria played in the Introduction Solo, but now with vocals of Italian Words.
TWO SOLOS: ONE ON THE WALL, ONE BEHIND THE SCREENS
There is a drone-like sound, giving some “breathing” space.
A high sustained note keeps fading in, it has a spiritual and melancholic feeling. Sounds like the calm after the storm, or the sunrise after a night out clubbing.
When the dancer lays on the floor behind the screens there are rumbling rhythmic electronic sounds that feel like a pulse and keep growing and fading.
As the scene progresses it feels more and more as if we are trapped in a helicopter whirl of sounds.
As the dancer stands up it feels like a release of energy.
DUET WITH PLATFORM SHOES
This track has two concurrent rhythms:
1- An underlayer where drums give off steady heart beating undertones.
2- A layer on top in which electronic strings create a faster rhythm and build towards higher notes throughout the track.
As the male dancer struggles to get up from the floor the music gets deeper in sound, giving the feeling of being trapped and spinning.
Sound fades as the dancer comes on the board. A very low hum, like a hazy cloud, begins.There is a sound creeping in that will come later on, which sounds like electronic high speed voices, that echoes and fades away.
MALE DANCER ON THE BOARD
There are two layers to this track:
1- Text: (The screen displays a visualisation of the words as distorted as they are spoken).
The sound of the voice of the same male dancer as in the first scene comes back through the speakers. He continues making sounds such as clicking his tongue and in and out breaths, but this time adds drawn out consonant letters such as “cccccc” and “fffffffff”. Slowly we realise he is building sounds into words, like “comfort” and “noise”. Much of it is distorted, interrupted, whispered or sung. He starts building the sentences:
“What sounds for our times?”
“What miraculous chain of breath?”
He keeps playing with the order of the words, expanding some sounds, breaking the words down into sounds.
At the end there is a pause and then he adds: “What noise to comfort us?” clearly.
2- Electronic sounds:
The second layer of the music is made out of rhythmically low whirling warbling sounds.
Feels like a swing motion. You dip as the music dips and rise as it rises.
Towards the end the sound feels like round circles that suspend the sense of time.
THREE DANCERS TUMBLING TOWARDS THE OPEN SPACE
A low sustained note keeps getting louder.
Rhythmic beats start building up the tension, getting faster, then dropping suddenly, giving the feeling something is about to happen.
THREE DANCERS IN THE OPEN SPACE
As the dancers fall from the tent-like shape there is a sense of release and a very rhythmic, consistent and loud driving beat starts, along with softer secondary syncopated, groovy beats. These beats are all electronic sounds.
At times it feels like a train passing really close by.
Throughout the track the melody gradually takes over the beat and the dancers slow down with the music.
THREE SOLOS: CORRIDOR BEHIND SCREENS, OPEN SPACE, AROUND MIRRORS
An echo of the aria from the beginning comes back and disappears through reverberation.
Fast beats start and there is a sense of building towards a climax.
At points it sounds like a techno rave, there is a sense of psychedelic tripping, but also of inner turmoil. Some sounds are almost monster-like distorsions, but the beat drives the whole track.
At some point the soundscape changes as if we are getting the bleed from music played on someone’s headphones. Sounds like electronic high speed voices.
Drumming comes back, picking up pace until the sound suddenly drops with a screech and a soft beat starts, keeping the rhythm from before but sounding more like a heartbeat.
TWO MALE DANCERS MEET, FEMALE DANCER JOINS AFTER
There is a strong, continuous drum beat that feels as if it’s fading away from us. More beats get added in, giving a sense of playfulness. At times it feels again like a heartbeat.
The melody is playful, alternating higher and lower tones. All the sounds are electronic and slightly distorted, they are not clearly recognisable instruments, feel more machine-like, very textured.
At times it feels like there is a flow of air coming through, adding another layer to the music.
After around 4 minutes the music changes, having a more urgent feeling, introducing harsh drumming with a nightclub edge, but there is still a melodic underlayer that gives a hopeful feeling.
At the end all the beats disappear and we get a drone sustained sound that transforms into wind moving around the space.