Steve Peters | Lingua Franca

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Lingua Franca

by Steve Peters

Slowly shifting, glacial chunks of stunning harmonius beauty combine with sounds of nature and the human voice.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Index Filicum
26:07 album only
2. Lições Dos Antepassados / Lessons from the Ancestors
29:53 album only
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Album Notes
Index Filicum (2011) was commissioned by Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago for their Florasonic series of sound installations in the Fern Room at Lincoln Park Conservatory. Four vocalists sing the Latin names of the fern species in the collection, and whisper the English names. Their improvised parts were recorded individually over a bed of drones derived from room tone recorded at the site, then edited and assembled into a series of miniature motets. Voices: Jeremiah Cawley, Amy Denio, Katherine Hanson, Maria Mannisto; recorded by Steve Ditore at Jack Straw Productions, Seattle.

Lições dos Antepassados / Lessons from the Ancestors (2011) was made during a Binaural artist residency in Nodar, a small mountain village in central Portugal. First presented as a four-channel installation in the village chapel, it was revised in 2013 as an eight-channel version at Jack Straw New Media Gallery in Seattle. Ancestral names from the cemeteries of Nodar and seven nearby villages are whispered. The names of local species of flora and fauna are spoken in Portuguese and sung in Latin. Ambient sounds are ordered by time of day, marked by chapel bells from each village. Speaking voices: Diana Antunes, Luís Costa, Ines Henriques, José Henriques, Ana Inacio, Carina Martins, Luís Miguel Carvalho Ramos, Jorge Varanda. Singing voice: Manuela Barile.



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