Realized at the University of Oklahoma Recording Studio, December 2018
The title of this piece references both the source and the production of the sounds contained within. I derived most of the piece’s middle section from a recording of myself scraping my finger along a guitar string. The outer sections take inspiration from choral music: the long, pitched drones that open the piece are reminiscent of an organ, while the ending includes vowel sounds produced by a talkbox and other effects. The title is a reference to Cedric Bixler-Zavala’s lyrics from The Mars Volta song “Luciforms” from their 2008 album Octahedron. The full line reads, “If your heart doth cease to speak / My fingernail choir / Will make your chalkboard sing.”
3/9/19 - Jacob Frost Master's Recital, Pitman Recital Hall, University of Oklahoma 2/8/19 - Tuesday Noon Concert, Fred Jones Art Museum, University of Oklahoma 2/4/19 - Collevoxus Composers' Exchange Concert, Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia, University of North Texas, 2/4/19
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