Honey, Milk and Blood is a work for women's chorus and electronics, with text by Jillian Burcar. It is inspired by the ideas of Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), who wrote:
"The acquisition of new fields of endeavor by women, their gradual usurpation of leadership, will dull and finally dissipate feminine sensibilities, will choke the maternal instinct, so that marriage and motherhood may become abhorrent and human civilization draw closer and closer to the perfect civilization of the bee."
The concept of the hive animates the performance of the singers, who alternate between operating as individuals and as a collective. Harmonically, much of the piece is based on overtones of 49Hz and 60Hz, 60Hz being the ground hum that we often hear emanating from electrical objects in our environment. As the prime mover behind the development of AC power in the United States, Tesla gave birth to this sound over a century ago, so in a sense, he is the composer of the longest drone piece ever written. 49Hz is a low G, and the resulting composite scale from the two overlapping overtone series forms a link between our musical world and Tesla's.
Many of the ideas present in Honey, Milk and Blood made their way into the chamber opera Light and Power, also with text by Jillian Burcar.
Andrea Zomorodian, soprano
Troy Quinn, conductor
Rafael Liebich, electronics
MicroFest Chorus (*Soloists):
*Amelia Tobiason, Carmina Escobar, Sara Frondoni
*Tany Ling, Eleni Pantages, Lizzie Shafer, Rachel Surden
*Argenta Walther, Jess Basta, April Guthrie
Saturday April 16, 2011
MicroTextual: music with words | words without music
MiMoDa Studio, Los Angeles, CA
released April 16, 2011
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