How to Listen to Machines: Songs for Violin and Noise

by Jordan Hall

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Combining the powerful reverberations of machinery with the fragile voices of violins, How to Listen to Machines: Songs for Violin and Noise invites listeners into auditory worlds we try to escape with headphones or hands to ears.

This EP emerged out of my everyday experience of sound. I have always had an intense sensory response to the sounds of machines. My ear organizes their tonalities and textures into musical qualities, often leaving me moved by sounds many consider noise pollution.

In the summer of 2016, I began experimenting with recording these sounds at every turn. Any machine whose voice I heard, I recorded. These recordings, made on the spot with an iPhone, are featured on this EP, and serve as the basis and inspiration for each song I composed. All songs on the EP are performed entirely on violin, accompanied only by recordings of machinery.

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released March 15, 2017



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