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Speak Volumes

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Speak Volumes (1997) weaves together fragments of spoken memories with archival tape recordings extracted from a pretend childhood radio show. The piece reflects on the nature of memory: slippery, fragmented, distorted, but at the same time an anchor by which one might shape a sense of identity. Passages from Lucretius’s _The Nature of Things_ are integrated into this revised and remastered version.

Many of the electronic sounds are now dated – sometimes intentionally so – extraneous 'qualities', including hiss and click, are deliberately woven into the fabric of the piece, as a way to reference the 'past' and to integrate ‘the archive’ into the 'contemporary' listening moment.
- Miriama Young


from Speak Volumes, released November 1, 2011
Voice: Miriama Young, age 8, 23, 33...


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Miriama Young New Zealand

Miriama Young is an eclectic composer & sound artist whose work is performed from Norway to New Zealand.

She writes chamber music and collaborates across disciplines such as dance, film, radio, and electro-acoustic media.

A New Zealand/Australian dual national, she teaches at The University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.
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