DUET FOR SOPRANO AND HER NEUROSES
This piece is a commentary on singers’ neurotic habit of self-critiquing a performance while it is happening. Singers make a variety of facial expressions in attempts (though often misguided) to improve their sound and/or convey a more expressive performance. Singers often find these two components, expression and technique, in conflict with each other, with the potential to create a successful or disastrous result. This is a multimedia interactive piece with text based on pedagogical writings and singers' thoughts during performance. As the singer performs we have a camera tracking her facial movements. The data from these facial movements is then applied to effect the sound in realtime. While the singer is performing from a fixed score, her accompaniment is generated live from spectral snapshots of the performance itself, reminding the singer how well she performed throughout the piece.
Jarrod Ratcliffe, Composer and Christi McLain, Soprano