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Pullover

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Pullover's starting point is four German language texts written by Wehowsky's longtime collaborator, Markus Caspers. Wehowsky sent these texts to various friends, who were instructed to express them in German, regardless of their native tongue. These vocalizations are the only sound source for this CD. Each text is presented in a semantic and an abstract version, and each text is presented in both German and English on the sleeve (one of the texts is printed on the CD itself). In the semantic versions of the pieces (the ones with the titles in German), untreated vocals are permitted to appear, sometimes fading in and out (as on "Beziehung"), sometimes whispered and echoed, recalling Alvin Lucier's I am Sitting in a Room (as on "Autos"), and sometimes even in a straight reading and sung melodically (as on "Atmosphäre"). No recognizable voices appear on the abstract versions (with the English titles), however. Here the listener gets radio static, harsh waveforms, buzzes, burbles, whistles, and other unnamable treatments. Overall, Wehowsky retains the complex character of the human voice and manages to balance the texts themselves and their transformations into abstract sound, with the possibilities and limitations of using such restricted sound sources.

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