§1.- The Word Underneath
It consists of collaborations with Buffalo resident poets Michael Basinski, Robert Creeley, Rosemary Kothe, Mark Peters and Anna Reckin. The varied styles and formats of poems chosen led to different pieces, each with its own musical identity.
Three of the pieces feature the actual poets voices. Thus, Robert Creeley reads for us each strophe of his poem while we interject screamed lament-like vocal and instrumental patterns, both in evolving motivic loops whose circular structure matches with the cyclic metaphor of life that Creeley proposes. Michael Basinskis reading wanders around the page of his poem in a virtuosic cluster of sung vowels and speeches while Lake Affect engages in its own musical recreation of that reading style. Anna Reckin creates a colorful rhythm of consonant phonemes with her reading, and Lake Affect enhances her performance by playing instruments with similar acoustic qualities and singing the naked consonant-rhythmic patterns.
The other two pieces partake from other essential
elements of the poems. Purple poison elaborates a sparse
web of hanging sounds based on a set of pitches. And,
bucket, bucket keeps the playful spirit in which its
author conceived the poem while working in a
childrens summer camp. By replacing the
increasingly recurrent word bucket with a special sound
assigned to each of the players, the piece turns slowly
into one single repetitious and pervading sound.