Part II of How to Get There From Here. Recorded live in the Light Lab at the University of California, Santa Cruz, shortly after dawn on May 9, 2016.
How To Get There From Here is a piece for solo speaking voice that transforms the phrase “we remember not the word, but the sound of the word” in three ways: at the level of the phoneme, the letter, and the semantic meaning.
The piece uses custom implementations of phonetic and speech-recognition algorithms in its composition, including an automated phoneme splitter that breaks the speech into fragments, a formant tracer and voice-tuned pitch tracker, and a pathfinding algorithm to trace the most efficient routes from one word to another.
Danielle Williamson, videography