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Leigh Landy

Compose Your Words

Compose Your Words is about making music with the spoken word. As Landy writes: “Think of the wide range of vocal sounds, including words, that we can use in a spoken poem. Imagine what we can do with our voice as an instrument of performance.”

Word music, our name for what generally has been called sound-poetry, has a history with poets and composers through the 20th century and to the present. It is among the most humanly communicative and powerful of all musical forms.

Landy takes you through the process of composition in a simple progressive sequence of 26 steps labelled from A to Z, some of which he created, many of which are based on works by well-known artists. He starts with simple rhythmic patterns and ends with technology and space. He writes: “I don’t want to put words in your mouths, take my words for it. I do want you to enjoy this and create.”

And we, at Intelligent Arts, want everyone to enjoy and create. Send your compositions to editor@intelligentarts.net. We may put them online for everyone to hear.

 

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Leigh Landy is a composer, author, and educator. His compositions, including video, dance and theatre works, have been performed throughout the world. He is active as artistic director of Idée Fixe, an experimental sound and movement theatre located in the UK. He is editor of Organised Sound: An International Journal of Music Technology, and author of six books dealing with different perspectives on today’s music, among them Understanding the Art of Sound Organization, published by MIT Press. He currently directs the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK.