Paul Magee: Chorus

  • ©2008, Paul Magee





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Artist Statement:

    Chorus continuously reinterprets and sings through the structure of the first passage of St. John’s Gospel. Using the phonetic structure of this text as a template, the program assigns a random consonant to each consonant position and a random vowel to each vowel position. Pauses between words and at the end of sentences are preserved. Assigning each of the three speakers a separate channel and a separate note – F, C#, and G – the computer then sings its new construction of consonants and vowels. Once finished, it loops back to the beginning of the code and starts the whole process again.

    My thanks to the soprano, Lucetta Johnson.

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