As part of exploring sound and voice, I have been re-listening to Bjork’s Vespertine. Since I first heard Bjork singing ‘Birthday’ long ago I have been intrigued by the range of sounds she can make with her voice. I have continued to follow her explorations of the potentials in the interplay between voice and music.
I am particularly interested in how her voice becomes another instrument, another sound alongside the music, often leading the song, rather than her singing being led by the musical elements.
As part of the creative side of my research I am beginning to explore what sounds the voice, my voice, can make. This carries the intention of extending the range of sounds available to me in my poetry.
Songs of Anlaf by Tony Cullen was published earlier this year by erbacce press. I am lucky enough to have heard Tony Cullen reading - his Wigan accent breathing an authenticity into the language of these poems. This is the human voice working as an instrument of sounds. Once heard these poems are undoubtably of, and in Tony's distinctive voice. On further reading it is impossible to not hear his sounds springing from the page articulating his imaginings of the life of Anlaf. Thanks Tony!