Meredith Monk

Meredith Monk, voice, organ, jews harp; Daniel Ira Sverdlik, Dick Higgins, Collin Walcott, Lanny Harrison, Mark Monstermaker, voices

This recording contains Meredith Monk's earliest compositions for voice. The songs that make up Key were composed and performed in a 3-year period between 1967 and 1970, when Monk collected them into this 45-minute "invisible theater" experience.

"In 'Key" I wanted to create a constantly shifting ambience. Each song dealt with a different vocal character, landscape, technical concern or emotional quality. I was trying for a visceral, kinetic song form that had the abstract qualities of a painting or a dance. I knew that I didn't want to set music to a text; for me, the voice itself was a language which seemed to speak more eloquently than words. I chose certain phonemes for their particular sound qualities. In a sense, each song became a world in itself with its own timbre, texture and impulse." — Meredith Monk

Album Notes

Track Listing:

1. Porch (2:16)
2. Understreet (4:19)
3. What does it mean? (3:58)

4. Vision (1:16)
5. Fat Stream (7:28)
6. Vision (2:03)
7. Do You Be? (4:12)
8. Vision (0:36)
9. Change (3:45)
10. Dungeon (6:49)

CD 1051
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