Friday, May 27, 2016

“Hocket”, by American composer and singer Meredith Monk, from Facing North (1992).  
Especially when heard live, the spatial separation of the singers and the brief melodic interchanges of this song create quite a disorienting effect.  The yodeling of each singer (in which they transition rapidly from chest register to head register, or falsetto) also creates rapid changes in timbre that make it difficult to locate the source of the sound.
You can hear more examples and read more about hocketing here.
(via conradtao)

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