Opening the Voice Box

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Crazy week. Good crazy.

We are rehearsing the opera Voice Box and in the five days we have finalised the music and the stage is getting there too. The flutist Jacintha Damström is also singing and doing circus and the pianist Maija Parko is playing and lecturing. But the hero of the piece is the coloratura soprano Mia Heikkinen: She is talking and singing, acting and dancing trough the whole piece…

And her voice is also the starting point of the whole piece! The very first word she sings in the opera is actually a map to the whole piece:

One voice with six registers – six lectures about this voice – six worlds. And obviously the huge jumps of the melody demonstrate, that this singer isn’t afraid of anything!VBM02väreillä.jpg

The premier of the Voice Box will be on 18th of May and after this will come the big question: how will we transport it to Venice to the Research Pavilion? At least I’m going to show some best of the video craziness. And then I would love to show you, how I analysed the singer’s voice. I created the Voice Map, which creates a graph of singer’s voice and makes the communication between the singer and the composer easier.

But if talking about voice analysis seems dry, maybe you should watch a video about it. I think using the style of a shopping channel is a perfect way to sell new artistic research and experimental music theatre!

Miika Hyytiäinen’s event “The Voice Map – compose for the person, not for a soprano!” is part of the Research Pavilion’s Camino Events programme.

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