Laughter Studies 3
three performers
10 minutes

Laughter Studies 3 explores in more depth than 1 and 2 the idea of imitating emotion-laden, human-produced sounds that usually occur spontaneously or involuntarily. Starting with many different examples of laughing and crying, the score then fixates on one sample of someone crying, stretching it out it until it resembles a long wailing glissando. More descriptions of laughing and crying are illustrated with imitations of field recordings that could be reminiscent of them with a bit of imagination (a high squeaky toy for crying, for instance). The piece ends with increasingly long sequences of disconnected field recordings, which all three performers imitate together.

The Laughter Studies series is based around performers verbally describing and vocally imitating assembled collages of sounds communicated via headphones. The focus of the pieces is on each individual performer's spontaneous reactions to the sounds. In each case, their personal relationship with material from everyday life is foregrounded.

Originally written for Retro Disco.


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