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フロー (2017), scored for voice, guitar, and live electronics (projected via small tactile transducers into the guitar), uses as its source material the score and various recordings of John Dowland’s 1600 lute song “Flow, My Tears,” as well as computer voice renditions of the song’s text, translated into Japanese via Google Translate (hence the Japanese title, a Katakana rendering of the word “flow”). “Flow, My Tears” has often been performed on guitar, figuring prominently into the repertoire of the duo for whom the piece was composed. The translation of the text into Google Translate Japanese reflects both my fascination with machine translation artifacts, and my “lost in translation” experiences as an international resident of Japan.

In the electronics, the computer voices, as well as zither, koto, waterphone, and fire organ samples are mapped to the recordings of the Dowland via concatenative synthesis techniques. (The images of flowing tears in the Dowland song are contrasted with references to the fires of Hell: hence waterphone and fire organ.) The electronics may be projected through a PA system or through transducers attached to the guitar and a second resonating surface.

This is a recording of the work's world premiere at Spectrum in New York in 2017.

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流れ、私の涙、あなたの泉から落ちる!
永遠に追放されて、私は悲しんでみましょう。
彼女の悲しい悪名高い夜の黒い鳥が歌うところでは、
そこには私のために生きることができます。

ダウンvineライト、もう輝かない!
夜間は暗闇ではない
それは彼らの最後の運命が絶望したことです。
ライト・ダースだが恥が開示する。

決して私の悲しみは和らげられるかもしれませんが、
同情は逃げたので、
私の疲れた日、疲れた日、そして涙と一息と嘆き
すべての喜びの中で奪われてしまった。

最高の奉仕の尖塔から
私の運が投げられる。
私の砂漠のための恐れと悲しみと苦痛、私の砂漠のための痛み
希望がなくなったので、私の希望ですか?

ハーク! あなたは暗闇の中に住み、
光と覚醒することを学ぶ
幸せ、彼らは地獄でそれを幸せ
世界にもかかわらず、感じることはありません。

ハーク! あなたは暗闇の中に住み、
光と覚醒することを学ぶ
幸せ、彼らは地獄でそれを幸せ
世界にもかかわらず、感じることはありません。

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from Web and Flow, released October 15, 2018
Voice: Charlotte Mundy
Guitar: Jordan Dodson

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Alexander Sigman Brooklyn, New York

New York-based composer, sound/media artist, researcher, and improviser, previously based in Korea and Japan.

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