Mixtape #28 : Speech

by 5:4

For the last mixtape of 2013, i’ve decided to explore music in which speech is paramount. Within a musical context, spoken words can jar in much the same way as an actor breaking the fourth wall, unsettling us by (ostensibly at least) withholding abstraction in favour of direct reference. The range of pieces included in the mix is more eclectic than usual, drawing on offcuts, afterthoughts and outtakes (Hecq, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Kreng, Aphex Twin), filtered renderings, recreations and re-imaginings of speech (Cabaret Voltaire, Charles Dodge, John Hudak, Gregory Whitehead, Marc Behrens, Jean-Michel Jarre) as well as forms of non-singing (AGF and the peerless William Shatner). But most of the tracks exploit the spoken word through fascinating essays in obscure narrative, by turns sinister (Eugene S. Robinson), prosaic (Jóhann Jóhannsson, Anne-James Chaton), sexual (Andrew Liles), wistful (Steve Peters), intimate (Edward Ka-Spel), surreal (Olga Neuwirth, irr. app. (ext.)), poetic (John Wall/Alex Rodgers), combative (Frank Zappa) and philosophical (Adrian Moore).

A little over two hours of speech-inspired music and sound art; here’s the tracklisting in full:

Cabaret Voltaire – Baader Meinhof (from Listen Up With Cabaret Voltaire)
Eugene S. Robinson & Philippe Petit – Modern Trends In Modernity (from The Crying Of Lot 69)
The Hafler Trio – Three Ways Of Saying Two [excerpt] (from Four Ways of Saying Five)
Hecq – 0017 (from 0000)
Jóhann Jóhannsson – IBM 1403 Printer (from IBM 1401 A User’s Manual)
Charles Dodge – Speech Songs – 4. The Days are Ahead (from Synthesized Voices)
Steve Peters – Part 4: Canyons [excerpt] (from The Very Rich Hours)
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – One February Friday “Brothers And Sisters” (from Two Tribes)
Edward Ka-Spel – The Voyeur (from Ghost Logik)
Olga Neuwirth – Lost Highway – Scene 1 [Part 1] (from Lost Highway)
Kreng – Konker (from Grimoire)
Anne-James Chaton + Andy Moor – Une Histoire De L’aviation (from Transfer)
Aphex Twin – Lornaderek (from Drukqs)
John Hudak – Don’t Worry About Anything, I’ll Talk To You Tomorrow [excerpt] (from Don’t Worry About Anything, I’ll Talk To You Tomorrow)
Gregory Whitehead – Disorder Speech [excerpt] (from Disorder Speech)
AGF – Dis-Hero Equals (from Einzelkämpfer)
irr. app. (ext.) – Perekluchenie: The Stairway to the Blue Light Subsides (from Perekluchenie)
William Shatner – I Can’t Get Behind That (from Has Been)
Marc Behrens – Real Player fucked my Netscape Settings (from Compilation Works 1996-2005)
John Wall/Alex Rodgers – Untitled (Work 2006-2011, track 3) (from Work 2006-2011)
Unknown Artist – An Example Of ‘Time Compressed Speech’ (from Spiral #2)
Jean-Michel Jarre – Ethnicolor I [excerpt] (from Zoolook)
Andrew Liles & Kenji Siratori – VTR (from Black Paper)
Frank Zappa – You’re Just Insultin’ Me, Aren’t You! (from Civilization Phaze III)
Adrian Moore – Ethereality [excerpt] (from Inventionen 2000: Berliner Festival Neuer Musik)

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