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Surge: Wordsongs & Soundtexts

by Various Artists

Words and music set to one another, / Reaching toward each other, stopping short. / What will we find in the space between?
Genre: Avant Garde: Sound Art
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Space Between
Michael Zigismund
1:04 $0.99
2. No Matter What Remains
David Tuchman & The Wandering Cellist
10:37 $0.99
3. Hypnosis I: Dawn
Agnes Bannigan & Paul Passaro
1:23 $0.99
4. Letters I: To the Mother of Norberto Renteria
Daniel Howard, Sarah Law, Jeff Tobias, Lisa Robins & Keenan M. Scott II
4:28 $0.99
5. Letters II: To the Person Who Took My Son
Daniel Howard, Jeff Tobias, Keenan M. Scott II, Lisa Robins & Sarah Law
3:04 $0.99
6. The Gem Center
Ariel Julian Dionysus Yes Abrahams
8:31 $0.99
7. A Diana or Nick Xmas
Diana Hill & Nick Zimmerman
8:25 $0.99
8. Make Me Smile (feat. Sara O'Bryan & Alex Ryaboy)
William Nava, John Passaro & Daniel Howard
17:56 $0.99
9. Hypnosis II: Dream
Agnes Bannigan & Paul Passaro
1:11 $0.99
10. Letters III: To Eliana
Daniel Howard, Jeff Tobias, Lisa Robins, Keenan M. Scott II & Sarah Law
5:29 $0.99
11. Letters IV: To the Stranger
Daniel Howard, Jeff Tobias, Lisa Robins, Keenan M. Scott II & Sarah Law
5:48 $0.99
12. Intermission (feat. Irina Gabuaeva)
Natalia Gabuaeva, William Nava & Rob C!
6:56 $0.99
13. Leave the Stove Light On
Darina Sikmashvili & Diana Hill
13:44 $0.99
14. The Gift
Daniel Howard
20:50 $0.99
15. Hypnosis III: Breakfast
Agnes Bannigan & Paul Passaro
1:34 $0.99
16. Letters V: To You
Daniel Howard, Sarah Law, Lisa Robins, Keenan M. Scott II & Jeff Tobias
2:10 $0.99
17. Letters VI
Daniel Howard, Sarah Law, Jeff Tobias, Lisa Robins & Keenan M. Scott II
7:57 $0.99
18. Flow
John Passaro
8:42 $0.99
19. Tarpon
Megan McGrath & Rob C!
14:22 $0.99
20. Coda
Michael Zigismund, John Passaro & The Wandering Cellist
1:49 $0.99
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Album Notes
SURGE: Wordsongs & Soundtexts is a collaborative album of audiodrama that marries words – usually storytelling, sometimes poetry or drama – with original music.

Though a few names pop up more than once, every piece was created by a different combination of artists.

Each track grew out of its distinct process. Some writers, such as Ariel Abrahams, interwove their own music into the story’s delivery, and completed their tracks alone. By contrast, the director, actors, and musician for “The Letters” had virtually no input from its writer.

Stylistically the texts are equally diverse. “A Diana or Nick Xmas” is composed of alternating snippets of floating thoughts. “Tarpon” combines thrilling action-adventure with coming of age memoir and vivid underwater imagery. “Leave the Stove Light On” is composed of three entirely separate segments: a humorous break-up letter, a late-night talk radio broadcast, and a melancholy character study. “Make Me Smile” includes a cosmic origin myth for Hurricane Sandy.

Some pieces, including “Flow,” use ambiance and effects in favor of traditional music. “The Gift” had its soundscape constructed almost exclusively from assorted free samples. The Wandering Cellist solos through “No Matter What Remains.”

Though most pieces were written specifically for SURGE, some like “The Hypnosis Series” already existed and were adapted to the audiodrama format. Rob C!’s music on “Tarpon” is composed of extended samples from his unreleased instrumental album, hey!

These diverse choices were made by the artists based on how the possibilities of audiodrama spoke to them. The result displays the spectrum of possibility that the form offers.

Have a listen, and join us in the space between.

— William Nava and John Passaro



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