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Luke Martin
so softly that it came, a wild dim chatter, meaningless

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Luke Martin
Ryan Gaston (laptop), Amy Golden (voice), Ben Levinson (double bass),
Davy Sumner (percussion)






Luke Martin (1992)
so softly that it came, a wild dim chatter, meaningless


1    so softly that it came, a wild dim chatter, meaningless
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Ryan Gaston (laptop), Amy Golden (voice), Ben Levinson (double bass),
Davy Sumner (percussion)



so softly that it came, a wild dim chatter, meaningless was recorded at mentryville park in southern california. the performance began just before sunrise, at a clearing halfway up the mountain trail.

the piece originated from a field recording in the middle of mentryville park; alone, in the same location, and as the sun was rising. amy golden, ben levinson, davy sumner, and ryan gaston received this field recording and we proceeded to transcribe the same portion of it using my developing notation for silence. all slightly different, these five transcriptions were then combi- ned into a score, in which performers could wander while reading at their own pace(s) left to right.

”Mr. Knott talked often to himself too, with great variety and vehemence of intonation and gesticulation, but this so softly that it came, a wild dim chatter, meaningless to Watt's ailing ears. This was a noise of which Watt grew exceedingly fond. Not that he was sorry when it ceased, not that he was glad when it came again, no. But while it sounded, he was gladdened, as by the rain on bamboos, or even rushes, as by the land against the waves, doomed to cease, doomed to come again.”

Samuel Beckett, Watt