Re: Rhythmic Speech

Subject: Re: Rhythmic Speech
From: Sylvain (
Date: Mon Jul 11 2005 - 15:11:57 EDT

Chris Leon wrote:

> Thanks to all for the great info.
> Yes, this is an extremely broad subject and has grown even broader
> with the interesting links and composers that have been mentioned on
> this thread.
> This is a particularly relevant link that I found while searching for
> Ubuweb :
> Turntable/Hip Hop, Chanting, Poetry, Phonetics...: All good
> The basis of this paper came when a teacher asked me to create a
> rhythmic vocal composition similar to a Bjork piece (from Selma Songs)
> to use in a live performance with a dancer. This led to us wanting to
> research the history of rhythmic speech in musical composition. But I
> am interested in all aspects of speech rhythm (poetry, chanting,
> phoenetics...) as part of my research.

If you are interested in poetry, you should also check about "scansion"
(sorry I don't know the word in English) which is about Latin poetry who
had very strict rules about how the poem has to be read (spondée,
dactyle, anapeste ...) -> so as to say, before all contemporary
composers ;). That should be a good basis, in my opinion ...


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