HARMONIZED VOICES

HARMONIZED VOICES

“Depth is in the skin”

Paul Valéry

Orality is, indisputably, one of the richest sources of human expressiveness. Considering this, listening, imitating, transcribing (and eventually, playing in real time or even harmonizing) fragments of orality needs an in-depth study of expressive resources, that ends having a spectacular return in “conventional” music.

 

This was well known by the great Hermeto Pascoal, one of the pioneers of this technique. He baptized these transcriptions/harmonizations with the eloquent name of “Aura de of the Voice”.

 

Abe Rábade has experimented in this area since 2008. The pieces range from humor to poetry, passing throught the demanding, trascendental and random.

Here you have the collection of works until today: 

Orality is, indisputably, one of the richest sources of human expressiveness. Considering this, listening, imitating, transcribing (and eventually, playing in real time or even harmonizing) fragments of orality needs an in-depth study of expressive resources, that ends having a spectacular return in “conventional” music. 

This was well known by the great Hermeto Pascoal, one of the pioneers of this technique. He baptized these transcriptions/harmonizations with the eloquent name of “Aura of the Voice”.

Abe Rábade has experimented in this area since 2008. The pieces range from humor to poetry, passing throught the demanding, trascendent and random.

Here you have the collection of works until today: 

Cada noite eu chorando pensaba

Poem by Rosalía de Castro recited by Anxo Angueira. This transcription/harmonization was a joint work with the Valencian composer and saxophonist Jesús Santandreu. It was published on the album “Rosalía 21” (Falcatruada, 2008).

Quadras III

Poem by Nuno Júdice recited by Joana Machado. This transcription was arranged by Abe Rábade for a chamber group with piano and edited on the album Travessia dos Poetas, a work by the Portuguese singer Joana Machado (Karonte, 2011).

 

Gotas (Drops)

Transcription of drops of water falling into a bathtub. Even without being a transcription of intentional orality and therefore having a completely random character, Gotas continues to be an example of “music found where a priori there seemed to be no music” and that is why we include it in this collection. The piece is edited on the Abe Rábade Trío Once album (Karonte, 2016).

Joke about the prisoner

Transcription/harmonization of a joke by the Spanish comedian Chiquito de la Calzada.

Frente a las insidias

Transcription of the popular Cristina Cifuentes in 2018, when she showed “documentation” in her defense of her master’s degree.

Eso es el mercado, amigo

Transcription of the famous phrase by Rodrigo Rato.

Proporcional y proporcionada

Transcription of the popular Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría in her appearance after the police actions of October 1, 2017 in Catalonia (Spain).

Voy a hablar con absoluta claridad - Cuanto peor, mejor para todos

Two transcripts of the former president of the government Mariano Rajoy, opening his classic can of worms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Chilean bird

Harmonized transcription of the spectacular song of a bird.

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Krishnamurti on Breaking Habits

Harmonized transcription by mystical philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti on how to break bad habits. The images are from a conference in Brockwood Park in 1983.

Revolutionary

Harmonized transcript of historic American activist Angela Davis. In an interview in prison in 1970, she eloquently conveys her vision of what it means to be a revolutionary. In September 2019, Abe Rábade had the honor of being able to play this piece live for the Monterey Jazz Festival audience, in real time with the images projected on stage, with Angela Davis herself among the audience.

 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Police Budgets

Harmonized transcription of a speech by AOC where she expresses the aberrational reality of disproportionate budgets for security forces and weapons in the US.

Maria Homem about love

Harmonized transcription of the Brazilian psychoanalyst Maria Homem in which she gives her vision of love.

Other experiments by Abe Rábade:

It was very exciting for Abe to learn that Robert Ferrer, one of the greatest specialists in language music, a professor at the International University of Valencia (VIU), cited these voices harmonization experiments in a press article in the magazine Mundo Clásico.

The Basque newspaper “El Correo” also published an interview with Abe Rábade on orality.

 

40 e tantos loops, is a cumulative groove made with the image and sound of household objects (a sponge, a bottle, a brush, a moeda, a book, a cup, bay leaves, a gel, a paper, a fork…).

Alicia no País das Melodías, is a version of “Happy Birthday To You” made with sound and the image of tuned domestic noises (a doorknob, a tap, a foot dragged on the floor, a stopper that makes a bottle resonate, a perfume spray, a toy car…).

Maneo do Tempo, is a version (with extended original text) of a traditional Galician maneo, in which the percussion accompaniment is made with green chestnut leaves, a resonating needle in Castro pottery and pebbles in the river. The piece is dedicated to the great Isaac Díaz Pardo.

COMPLETE PLAYLIST OF HARMONIZED VOICES AND OTHER EXPERIMENTS