In the spring of 2014, I was lucky enough to round up some special poetic talents living in Hanoi. Nha Thuyen, Kaitlin Rees, Truong Uyen Ly. Inspired by the wonderful composition, Partita for 8 Voices, by Caroline Shaw, I recorded a collection of poems by these wonderful women at TheSteelyDane’s studio in Hanoi, with the idea that I would compose works based around the recitations. Exploring the rhythm of Vietnamese voice as opposed to pitch. The poets spoke, alone, unaccompanied by any musical stimuli. The recordings remained on my hard drive for far too long. When reviewing them a year later, I noticed that Kaitlin had recited her poem with an almost metronomic sense of time. Only the most minor of editing was needed to shift her voice into rhythmically fortuitous positions. So, like, obviously I had to make some beats.
I’m a sucker for fun and mischievous electronica, so this is what was born.
I however, must get around to working with all the other scrumptious material that wonderful day of poetry provided.