The love letters included in the traveler's journal
all end with the same signature, a phrase that illustrates
the melting distinction between self and place. This
phrase conveys a constant mindset that underlies the
different moods found in the letters. Yours Forever
is a polyphonic setting of this text. The musical practice
of Polyphony originated and evolved in the churches
of medieval Europe. It is the practice of arranging
multiple, distinct voices, in harmonious co-existence.
As a medium it is used to depict a place where the personal
meets the eternal. In Yours Forever, sound editing
software is used to generate the multiplicity of voices
from a single singer; thereby achieving a vocal portrait
of the traveler, whose identity is unknown, simultaneously
as one and many.
The theme is a melodic (programmatic) description
of the signature phrase. It starts with "yours
forever" chanted on a single note (eternity) with
a little ornament inserted as a tiny personal tremor,
which then leads to the high point of the phrasethe
climatic passion; followed by a descending scale for
"sunset" and ascending scale for "sunrise."
This melody is the source "code" for the multiple
variations that follow in this piece as well as in others.
It is the most fundamental, unifying, musical formula
in Music for World of Awe.
Digital technology enables the changing of pitch without
changing the speed or length of the audio sample. However,
the farther the pitch from the original recorded sound,
the less one can recognize the source. In Yours Forever
one finds a continuum in the degree in which the voice
is manipulated from fairly natural to highly processed.
This characteristic lends a peculiar artificiality to
the work and brings forth the specific qualities of
digital process. Once the voice is converted into bits,
it becomes a highly malleable digital substance.
Your sunset/sunrise forever yours
Yours forever yours"