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Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

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General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 3:35
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Electronics
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Though we've been listening to the bleeps and bloops of synthesizers for the better part of a century, sometimes it's still hard to hear them as anything but futuristic. So give Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith some credit for making electronic music that sounds old. And I mean really old. Pre-human. On Arthropoda -- the first single from the composer's forthcoming LP, Ears -- sloshing loops give way to delicate and glassy melodies and a burbling bass line. Her chanted vocal line is heavily processed, obscuring the lyrics and giving her voice an alien, animalistic quality. It's electronic music, but it registers as organic.

The Buchla Music Easel guides Smith's process, but it isn’t necessarily the star attraction. Its tones form the backbone of Arthropoda as she fleshes out the song with additional instrumentation and effects. Often, though, these sounds so closely mirror the synth that it's tough to distinguish, say, a woodwind from an electronic sine wave. It's hard to tell where human sounds end and mechanical sounds begin.

- Program Note by Aaron Lietko for solo CD version

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Symphonic Winds (Dennis Llinás, conductor) – 29 November 2017

Works for Winds by this Composer