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Trevor Wishart — Red Bird: A Political Prisoner’s Dream (1978, Reissue: 4 February 2015)

Trevor Wishart — Red Bird: A Political Prisoner’s Dream (1978, Reissue 04 February 2015)

 Trevor Wishart — Red Bird: A Political Prisoner’s Dream (1978/Reissue 4 Feb. 2015)
•♦•   Trevor Wishart has begun his active career as a composer of orchestral and electro–acoustic music, but his interests soon diverge to the computer and the human voice.
Born: October 11, 1946 in Leeds, England
Album release: 04 February 2015
Record Label: Sub Rosa
Duration:     45:00
1 Part One     18:45 
2 Part Two     26:14
Boomkat Product Review:
•♦•   **Silver wax** Multi award–winning composer Trevor Wishart’s electro–acoustic masterpiece, ‘Red Bird: A Political Prisoner’s Dream’ reissued on vinyl for the first time in nearly 50 years. Composed between 1973 and 1977, and first presented on the York Electronic Studios label in 1978, it is Wishart’s 2nd release and a prime example of his compositional interests in the interpolation by technological means between the human voice and natural sounds. Bearing in mind that was created long before samplers were readily available, it is the result of painstaking process, splicing fractured phonemes, extended vocal technique, bird calls, buzzing bees and tape FX to serve a mind–swilling wash of psychedelic abstraction that deals with sound at elemental, cerebral levels. The putative divide between real, acousmatic and manipulated sound, or the lines between language, philosophy, politics and music are systematically broken down across two 18–minute sides of constantly morphing composition and sound design. Boomkat: https://boomkat.com/
Artist Biography by François Couture
•♦•   Trevor Wishart has begun his active career as a composer of orchestral and electro–acoustic music, but his interests soon diverge to the computer and the human voice. Even if some of his works have won prestigious prizes, Wishart will also be remembered for his important advancement in computer–based sound processing technology and his implication in community arts and music education. The late ‘90s saw his popularity rise among avant–garde circles, leading to the reissue of part of his discography and the recording of new works.
•♦•   Wishart was born 1946 in Leeds, England. He grew up there and would spend most of his working life in Northern England. Little is known about his musical upbringing, but he started to work with recorded sounds in 1969, in reaction to the death of his father. Abandoning traditional composition, he began collecting sounds of machinery.
•♦•   The 1970s saw him very active, splitting his time between electro–acoustic composition, site specific projects (“Beach Singularity,” 1977), work with amateur and community groups (he collaborated with Interplay, a team of music street workers), and the development of new workshop techniques. This fertile period yielded “Red Bird,” a compelling tape work five years in the making (1973–1977) that first expressed his fascination with sound transformation. The piece was awarded a Euphonie d’Or by the Bourges Festival.
•♦•   During the 1980s, Wishart focused on developing composing tools for the computer. Begun during a passage at the IRCAM studios in 1986, his series of sound transformation software instruments are available as part of the Composers Desktop Project. Wishart’s interest in avant–garde music has always been coupled with a desire to create it and the means to make it available to the general public. His software, tailored to be easy–going and resource–savvy, is just another way of achieving his goals.
•♦•   Composer residencies in Australia, Canada, Holland, Berlin, and the U.S.A. allowed him to introduce his works to different audiences. All the while he developed a series of educational musical games published as Sounds Fun and Sounds Fun 2 and later translated in Japanese. Workshops with Contemporary Music for Amateurs, the Firebird Trust, the London Sinfonietta and Sonic Arts Network led to participatory multimedia projects in Japan, Scandinavia, and the U.K.
•♦•   After a period of writing for the human voice (the “Vox” cycle), Wishart came back to electro–acoustic composition in the 1990s with “Tongues of Fire” (Golden Nica at the Ars Electronica competition in 1995) and the Voiceprints cycle (also the title of a CD released in 2000). He is also the author of two books on sound transformation: Sonic Art (1985) and Audible Design (1994).
•♦•   http://www.allmusic.com/

Trevor Wishart — Red Bird: A Political Prisoner’s Dream (1978, Reissue: 4 February 2015)





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