Work for radio, 1995
Running time: 11:52
I | was | tricked | into | believing | something | about | myself | that | was | not | true
Orthodoxy was produced in 1995 as a radio work. The piece builds a dynamic relationship between the voice of authority - a.k.a. the disembodied radio voice - and the interior voice of the submissive listener. A conflict of self-comprehension over self-confusion ensues, and exposes the realm of the human soul that is precarious and susceptible to outside influence. The composition revolves around a sentence in which each word has been sampled, isolated, and recombined to form new phrases through a compositional approach inspired by traditional techniques of brainwashing, subliminal listening, and hypnosis audiotapes. The manipulation of these words functions to generate a variety of meanings, including a sense of introspective self-doubt. Phrases such as "I was not myself" ask more questions than they answer. Was he himself? A part of him? A scared part? A gullible part? A defenseless part? An emotional part? An ignorant part? The same part that thinks it wasn't true because it's not true today? This (de)construction of the phrase consistently reinforces these signs of doubt in the submissive listener, and as the material works to break down the listener, it reminds us of the struggle to remain dubious of the authoritative voice. The voice transforms from exterior to interior, and the submissive listener must respond to the unceasing subliminal suggestion.
Orthodoxy was included in Experimental Sound Studio's Bones CD release (Volume A) along with works Petra Klusmeyer and Lisa Kucharski.
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