Flowers in the Valley

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I like using the intimacy and the familiarity of the voice with the otherworldly possibilities of electronic processing. For this piece, I took a folk song, "Flowers in the Garden," and processed it live. The processing split my voice into three frequency bands - low, high, and mid, with different processing for each band. High frequencies got a percussive delay (to simulate a hi-hat), low got a sweeping, long reverb to simulate drone notes. Also, the "mangling" increases periodically through the piece to a peak, and then decreases.

lyrics

There was a woman, oh but she was a widow
Fair as the flowers in the valley
With a daughter as fair as a fray sunny meadow
The red and the green and the yellow

Ch.: No harp, no lute, nor pipe nor flute nor cymbal
As sweet grows the treble violin

This maiden so fair and the flower so rare
Together they grew in the valley
Oh, then came this knight all dressed in red
Fair as the flowers in the valley
"Thou art my bride ?I'll say? thou as thee said"
The red and the green and the yellow

"Oh no" said she "Oh thou'st never win me"
As fair as the flowers in the valley
Oh, then came this knight all dressed in green
Fair as the flowers in the valley
"Thou must be, I see thou as my queen"
The red and the green and the yellow

"Oh no" said she "Oh thou'st never win me"
As fair as the flowers in the valley
Oh, then came this knight all dressed in yellow
Fair as the flowers in the valley
"Thou art my love and my bride" said he
The red and the green and the yellow

"I'll come" said she "I'll go with thee"
Farewell to the flowers in the valley

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from nevernaut, released December 3, 2016

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