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PAMELA Z

Repertoire solo voice & electronics concerts

Pamela Z has composed many short (3-8 minute) works for voice & electronics that she regularly performs on full evening solo new music concerts. She can easily combine these workts to create programs of any length or to perform on shared concerts with other artists. These programs are appropriate for a concert hall or performance gallery equipped with a good, stereo or multi-channel sound system. (Some of these pieces are excerpts from her larger works and, in some cases, include video projection.) (Contact Pamela Z Productions for availability and fee information.)

To hear selected audio documentation of Pamela Z solo concerts click here.

The following is a partial list of such works:

Bone Music
Solo Voice , Found Percussion & Electronics, composed: 1992, duration: 8:00
This work for voice, electronics, and 5 gallon plastic water bottle layers a haunting, wordless melody and frenetic, processed chattering in an imaginary language over the polyrhythm of three boomy, percussive delay loops. This piece was originally intended for the Qube Chix’ "Circle of Bone", but didn’t really belong in the piece and became a staple of Pamela Z's solo repertoire.
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Pop Titles 'You'
(from Parts of Speech) Solo Voice & Electronics, composed: 1986, duration: 3:30
Pop Titles 'You' is a found text piece for voice and three delay lines. The text is taken from an issue of the Phonolog Report, a reference publication that was found in record stores and listed the titles of available recordings and their composers and performers (until it was replaced by computers). This piece, which first appeared on the 1988 ZED recording, "Echolocation", was later used as one of the segments of the 1995 sound work and 1998 performance work Parts of Speech. A recording of this piece is available on Pamela Z's CD "A Delay is Better".

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Syrinx/Birdvoice
(from Voci) Solo Voice & Electronics, sampled birdsong, composed: 2003, duration: 5:00
Birdvoice begins with sampled birdsong triggered with a gesture-based MIDI controller. Pamela Z then plays a short bird sample and begins to systematically shift it down in pitch until its individual sounds are slow enough to be imitated by a human voice. She then sings the slow version and shifts it back up until it once again sounds like a bird. This little excersize (inspired by her sound installation "Syrinx") serves as an elaborate introduction to a little art-song (sung in French and English and accompanied by digital delay loops) about the voice of the bird.

Badagada
Solo Voice & Electronics, composed: 1988, duration: 3:36
The syllables "ba-da-ga-da-ga-da-ga-da-ga" are layered in a delay line to form a harmonic, rhythmic accompaniment to a melody sung in English. This song first appeared on the 1988 ZED recording, "Echolocation". A version of it is available on Pamela Z's CD "A Delay is Better".

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Typewriter
(from Correspondence) Solo Voice & Electronics, composed: 1995, duration: 3:00
This short, spoken piece uses for voice, processing, and typewriter samples (triggered with the BodySynth™ MIDI Controller). It grew out of a segment of a collaborative work Pamela Z did with 77hz called Correspondence that was commissioned by the (then) Minnesota Composer’s Forum and premiered at LACE in Los Angeles.

Nihongo de Hanasoo
(from Gaijin) Voice & Electronics and Video, composed: 1999, duration: 5:00
This little work (excerpted from Gaijin) is an example of Pamela Z's love for found text. She recites the Japanese phonetic alphabet in a repeating, long loop over which she then sings and reads the chapter titles from a Japanese language text book. The segment is generally accompanied by a projected video of two, slow moving Butoh performers with an overlaid graphic of the 26 phonetic characters.
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Pianobend
Solo Voice & Electronics, composed: 1994, duration: 5:00
A work for voice, processing, and piano samples triggered and pitch-bent with the BodySynth™ MIDI controller.
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Unaccompanied Melody with Minor Ninths and Octaves
Solo Soprano Voice, composed: 1989, duration: 4:30
Written for unprocessed soprano voice, this is a work Pamela Z originally composed for Laurie Amat, who premiered it at New Performance Gallery (now ODC Performance Gallery) in San Francisco. The piece also occurs as a segment of the performance work Voci.

The Muni Section
(from Metrodaemonium) Solo Voice & Electronics, composed: 1995, duration: 3:50
For voice, processing, and sampled sounds from the San Francisco public transportation system, this is part of a suite of pieces called Metrodaemonium which grew out of a commissioned (Secession Gallery), site-specific work Pamela Z did as a portrait of downtown San Francisco. The samples are triggered using the BodySynth™ MIDI controller.
A version of it is available on Pamela Z's CD "A Delay is Better".
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In Tymes of Olde
(from Parts of Speech) Solo Voice & Electronics, composed: 1991, duration: 5:45
A song (about talking) sung in English over a delay loop that increases in complexity as vocal layers are gradually added to its texture, In Tymes of Olde appears on the 1992 Starkland compilation "From A to Z" and on Pamela Z's CD "A Delay is Better".

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