Liar, Liar began with an opportunity: the Arizona State chapter of Society of Composers, Inc. was organizing a concert at Marston Theatre, ASU’s planetarium. The pieces we submitted for performance would utilize the theatre’s 5.1 surround sound system, and students from the School of Earth and Space Exploration would use advanced software to take us on virtual tours of the universe based on the music we provided.
After much deliberation, I decided to create a piece that would allow me to explore vocal alteration via granular synthesis. I took one of the most well-known quotes from the 2016 presidential debates and played with it, hoping to send a clear (if slightly unsettling) message. The result is a three-and-a-half-minute ride through sounds that make the audience squirm – the quote in its entirety is only revealed a handful of times. Thanks to a supportive, receptive audience and the expertise of the School of Earth and Space Exploration, we succeeded in creating a multimedia event that was both challenging and beautiful, hopefully opening the door for future collaborations as well.
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