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Cut And Splice 2005
Trevor Wishart
Anticredos (1980)
Trevor Wishart
Written in 1980, the six amplified vocalists use a wide range of unusual vocal sounds. which I had researched over the previous four years. The results of these researches are brought together in the chapter 'The Human Repertoire' in my book On Sonic Art. The piece sonically takes apart the word 'Credos' and through processes of sound transformation, develops towards a completely new and seamlessly evolving sound world, the dissolution of all fixed points of reference. These transformations are achieved in live performance and without the use of any electronics. This is possible because the voice is the most flexible sound producer we know - capable of many more types of sound production and articulation than any other individual musical instrument. The piece also occasionally uses percussion instruments to underline attacks, while in a live performance the vocal sounds are projected from four loudspeakers surrounding the audience, and inside to move around the auditorium in a patterns specified in the score.
Trevor Wishart
Anticredos was commissioned by Elms Concerts for SingCircle with financial assistance from the Arts Council of Great Britain, and first performed at St John's. Smith Square, London in 1980.

Trevor Wishart's work spans a number of genres, among them music theatre, site-specific events, extended compositions for electronic sounds, and music for live vocalists.

He is particularly concerned with the significance of imagination and personal creativity in the modern world and his work often deals with these issues. He has been involved in new developments in music education, the Musicians Collective movement, and in developing accessible advanced computer music systems. His book, 'Audible Design' is a practical musical guide to sound transformation techniques using the computer.

Based in northern England, Wishart travels widely, lecturing and presenting his music.

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