Language as Dust

by Jonathan Zorn

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Language as Dust is an essayistic sound poem exploring the consequences of electronic mediation within spoken and written language. The investigation is divided into three meditations exploring relations between: 1) sound and meaning, 2) pattern and noise, and 3) presence and absence.

The text of the piece freely repurposes textual sources relating to the history of vocal technologies as well as psychoanalytic and philosophical theories of the voice, including: Aristotle's De Anima, Thomas Edison's anticipated use of audio recording, abstracted lyrics of "How High the Moon," misheard vocoder communications, and transcriptions of Electronic Voice Phenomena.


released March 16, 2014

composed 2011-2012

voice: Jonathan Zorn
violin (track 3): Sara Pajunen
doublebass (track 3): Jonathan Zorn

mixed and mastered by Jonathan Zorn



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Jonathan Zorn Cambridge, Massachusetts

Jonathan Zorn is a composer of experimental, electronic, and improvised music. His electronic music pairs improvising musicians with interactive computer systems to create hybrid, human-machine ensembles. Zorn's interest in vocal utterance has resulted in a series of pieces in which spoken language is interrupted by electronic forces, drawing attention to the gap between speech and sound. ... more

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