Two Songs after Dylan Thomas (2014)

Program Notes

Composed in 2014 for fixed quadraphonic playback, Two Songs after Dylan Thomas is a two-movement text setting of Thomas’ poem “Being But Men.” The entire work uses a recitation of the poem as its only sound source, manipulated and processed in various ways with Logic Pro X, Soundhack, and SPEAR.  The two movements dichotomize one another, the first presenting the full poem (nearly) in tact in front of a backdrop of whispers, and the second outright destroying the spoken voice.