Veteran of electronic and tape music circles, Charles Dodge began his recording career in the '60s with a handful of collections mixing computer and acoustic elements. After a long drought, Dodge returned with this 1992 mix of speech songs, deconstructed musical history, and relatively straightforward and minimalist pieces for voice and viola. Enrico Caruso gets the postmodern cut-up treatment, sharing his treated voice with piano on the title track. More electronic hijinx follow, with a handful of speech songs featuring Dodge and his processed voice. And finishing things off, Dodge's "The Waves" and "Viola Elegy" (shades of Morton Feldman here) are given meditative readings by Joan La Barbara and brother Baird Dodge, respectively. A fine program for the modern music newcomer.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Cook
|Speech Songs for computer-synthesized sound|