Casting call for the Metamorphosism People’s Choir

I need your voice. And your language.

Here is the thing: I am working on this composition? It is an ensemble piece, with a tuba and a double bass at the center, surrounded by a xylophone, glockenspiel, harp, cello and perhaps something else. It is based on this post.

I would also like to incorporate voices, as follows: I would like to play, as part of the piece, a loop consisting of a number of voices reading a text I have written. The voices may be distorted or otherwise altered. I would like to have readers of a variety of ages and genders. Although the text is in English, I would also like to have it read in other languages, so if you are in the mood to do this, and could translate it and read it in a language other than English, that would be excellent. Since this weblog has a very international readership, I thought I would ask here first.

Here are a few details:

  • I cannot pay anything, at least not at this point. This is an amateur production. I also have no plans to use this commercially.

  • Recording quality is not a high priority. Background noise is even okay, especially if it’s bar noise. Computer microphone, cell phone, etc is okay.
  • MP3 would be easiest for me.
  • As mentioned, the more languages, and dialects of English, and types of speakers, the better.
  • I will need you to give me permission to use your voice in the loop for this composition. I suppose permission in the email sending me the MP3 file would be sufficient.
  • The sooner the better.

Besides several varieties of English, I think regulars here also include speakers of Turkish, Danish, French, German, Czech, and Dutch, and I think without looking too far we could find other languages as well. If you are interested in participating, please let me know. A good email to use would be metamorphosist at

The text in question is included in the extended entry part of this post. Thank you in advance.

Continue reading

Hypothetical play

Scene I
Set: A kitchen
Hypothetical Man: Out of the garbage, pal.
Hypothetical Cat: Nom nom nom.
Hypothetical Man: [Walks out of kitchen]
Hypothetical Cat: [Follows man out of kitchen]
Hypothetical Man: [Returns to kitchen, closes door, shutting out cat]
Hypothetical Man: Hr hr hr.

Scene II
Set: In a house somewhere.
Hypothetical Man: Touch me more.
Hypothetical Woman: Huh?
Hypothetical Man: In general. I dunno. I just want to be touched more, you know?
Hypothetical Woman: You can’t just ask for it like that.
Hypothetical Man: I just did.
Hypothetical Woman: Well, not if you want to be touched.
Hypothetical Man: What do I have to do, then?
Hypothetical Woman: You have to purr.
Hypothetical Man: ??
Hypothetical Woman: It works for the cats.
Hypothetical Man: Purr.
Hypothetical Woman: [Strokes hypothetical man's fur.]
Hypothetical Man: Prr-prr-prr.

Scene III
Setting: Same house, another room.
Hypothetical Man: Prr-prr-prr.
Hypothetical Woman: [Trying to get something done. Strokes hypothetical man's fur as they walk through the room]
Hypothetical Man: Prr-prr-prrrr.
Hypothetical Woman: [Walks out of room]
Hypothetical Man: [Follows her out of room] Prr.
Hypothetical Woman: [Returns to room, closes door, leaving hypothetical man in stairwell]
Hypothetical Man: [blink]