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THE TIME IS NOW.
Melody Sumner Carnahan’s cryptic, enigmatic fiction has found form for decades in collaborations with composers and musicians. When The Time Is Now was first published by Burning Books, Carnahan gave the book to friends asking them to put the words to music using any story they liked. The works on this compilation were created from 1983 to 1996. (Read Kyle Gann’s Village Voice review here.)
Music and voices of:
Joan La Barbara
Produced by Larry Polansky, Jody Diamond, and Burning Books for Frog Peak Music.
OOC PLAYS ONE INCH EQUALS 25 MILES
Writer Sumner Carnahan has worked with composers and performers for twenty years to present her stories off the page. Musician/composer J.A. Deane formed the Out Of Context ensemble to explore conducted improvisation. This urgently weird CD comes out of a live recording (2005) of OOC playing Carnahan’s latest story collection, One Inch Equals 25 Miles. (Liner Notes by David Prince.)
OUT OF CONTEXT:
J.A. Deane conductor/sampler/uniflute
Jon Baldwin cornet
C.K. Barlow sampler/live sampling
Stefan Dill oud/electronics
John Flax acting/voice
Katie Harlow cello
Sam Rhodes bassoon
Molly Sturges vocalist
Alicia Ultan viola
Jefferson Voorhees drums/percussion
This CD is co-released by Burning Books and High Mayhem.
TRY BEING ALIVE IN THIS WORLD
1. TRY BEING ALIVE IN THIS WORLD (10:05)
>> (play 1:07 sample above)
2. SHE DRESSES IN RED (00:12)
3. WARNING (02:36)
words: Melody Sumner Carnahan
voice: Elizabeth Wiseman
sound design: Dino J.A. Deane
recorded by Max Friedenberg at High Mayhem Studios, 12oct06
realized for audio CD 27feb07
source recordings: Michael Sumner, Dino J.A. Deane
adapted from Burning Books video/audio installation, See You in Hell, premiered at MOV-iN Gallery, College of Santa Fe 11dec06
THE X, Y, Z OF IT
(29:25) >>(play 1:08 sample above)
A composition for radio written and produced by Melody Sumner Carnahan for ABC Radio, Audio Arts Sydney, Australia.
principal voices: Robert Ashley & Joan La Barbara
additional voices: Paul Goddard, Peter Kowitz, Sarah Aubrey, Vanessa Downing, with studio direction by Richard Buckham.
sound engineering John Jacobs
sound design assistance Michael Sumner
music by Mayim Alpert, and Spilt (David Smith and James Hurley)
recording of solar flares by Tom Ashcraft
(32:41) >>(play 1:06 sample above)
A story of fate versus destiny, of knowing and defying the stars and the cards written and produced by Sumner Carnahan.
Susan Stone as Dido
Jay Cloidt as Aeneas
additional voices: Brett Bloomberg, Carol Boss, Tristan Clum, and Marghreta Cordero
original vocal music: Joan Stango
original piano score: Barbara Golden
additional music: Dueto Le Momo, Tina Marsh with the New Texas Swing Project, and “Weak Disguise” by Jakob’s Room
sound engineering: Maggi Payne, recorded at Mills College, Center for Contemporary Music
additional sound: Alberto Alcocer, Tristan Clum, & Michael Sumner
editing and mixing: Steve Peters
Dido’s Revenge was commissioned for Aetherfest, KUNM-FM, 2003
AT THE CORNER OF ALIVE & JESUS
(36:50) >>(play 1:30 sample above)
words: Sumner Carnahan
music & narration: Barbara Golden
additional narration: Robert Ashley, David Cremin
additional voice: K. Atchley
violin and viola: Mary Oliver
flute: Maggi Payne
guitar: Larry Polansky
percussion: William Winant
vocals: Barbara Golden, Sheila Davies, Barney Jones
keyboards: Barbara Golden
saxophone: George Brooks
animal sounds: courtesy of Paul Dresher
sound production: Barney Jones, Earwax
Produced by Barbara Golden, premiered at The Lab, San Francisco, 1988.
Remastered as an audiowork for ABC in Sydney, Australia, by Maggi Payne, 2001.
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1. MANANANGGAL (24:07)
written by Melody Sumner Carnahan
composed and performed by Laetitia Sonami and Marie Goyette
2. THE BENCH (27:11) >>(play 1:02 sample above)
written by Melody Sumner Carnahan (aka: “Two” in 13 Stories)
composed and performed by Laetitia Sonami
piano sequences devised by Jerry Hunt
3. LOOSE ENGINE (rough mix) (14:27)
written by Melody Sumner Carnahan (aka: “Sign” in The Time Is Now)
composed and performed by Laetitia Sonami
with John Ingle, saxophone
The first two works were commissioned by New Radio and Performing Arts for syndicated broadcast nationally as part of the New American Radio series made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and produced at Sonami Studios in Oakland, California. Manananggal was first developed as a stage work by the artists with a commission from STEIM in Amsterdam.