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1 Speech and Music, Effability and Ineffability Kristen Butchatsky, Stela Solar, Emery Schubert and Joe Wolfe

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3 No, you didn't

4 Yes we did

5 Well if you didn't agree, what do you think about it?

6 I think I can communicate as well as any of you

7 Of course you can communicate, but in a rather different way...

8 What do you mean?

9 In speech we use phonemes

10 In speech we use phonemes: we vary the spectrum and envelope independently of the pitch:

11 In speech we use phonemes: we vary the spectrum and envelope independently of the pitch: The sounds 'bah' and 'do' have different meanings, even different grammatical functions

12 So 'ba ba ba ba ba ba' is one timbre and 'do do do do do do' is another?

13 to to to

14 be be be be be be

15 to to to be be be be be be or or or or or not…..

16 So if instruments wanted to talk to us in our language, they could change the timbre on each note:

17 So if instruments wanted to talk to us in our language, they could change the timbre on each note: it sounds like Klangfarbenmelodie* * technique invented by Arnold Schönberg during a severe case of writer's block

18 Klangfarbenmelodie*? * Tonecolourmelody

19 Perhaps Klangfarbenmelodie does have something to say to us after all. * sure, just play the same note on different instruments. Beats having to come up with a new tune.

20 But except for Klangfarbenmelodie, isn't the choice of notes limited? * Actually, Klangfarbenmelodie was invented in 2055 by Conal Goodtown, pictured, and brought back to Vienna and Schönberg by a travelling time lord

21 Especially in tonal music: some notes just don't fit.

22 You can show it with probe tones.

23 What are probe tones?

24 [Cadenza*] * Technique invented by Monteverdi during a severe case of writer's block.

25 And that really cuts down the notes you can use.

26 So if you take a melody,

27 So if you take a melody, with the notes in one key

28 and if notes don't

29 and if notes don't stretch my range too far, I'd be glad,

30 That's a problem too:

31 for music has its own set of rules:

32 even obbligati have to fit in the rhythm.

33 You can't just choose any notes that you want:

34 they must fit together,

35 they must fit together, without a clash

36 to make a tonal song.

37 You can use a scale as a motif,

38 then just add the words.

39 And then we'll all harmonise you can just close your eyes and listen:

40 sing in thirds.

41 Then we’ll sing melisma-a-a-a

42 That’s a message too

43 And if you have nothing left to say, just pause...

44 For then you can restate the theme

45 If you do, what’s that mean?

46 And if the notes go up too high

47 we’ll share them around

48 That’s called harmony

49 For music has its own set of rules

50 Ev’ry note must fit in the rhythm

51 You have to make sure the notes will all fit

52 Just like in a canon

53 like in a canon?

54 or in a fugue

55 or in a fugue?

56 To make a tonal song.

57 Tonal predictability,

58 is that what makes written music easy to compress?

59 That's right, you can repeat a phrase in music...

60 and it's all part of musical communication.

61 But you can't make a symphony just by repeating

62 But you can't make a symphony just by repeating a simple phrase.

63 Oh yes you can.

64 Oh no you can’t,

65

66 oh yes you can,

67 Oh no you can’t, oh yes you can, oh yes you can.

68 Oh no you can’t, oh yes you can, oh yes you can. Oh no you can’t,

69 oh yes you can, oh yes you can. Oh no you can’t, oh yes you can,

70 Oh no you can’t, oh yes you can, oh yes you can. Oh no you can’t, oh yes you can, oh yes you can.

71 Change just one note,

72 and then invert

73 Change just one note, and then invert You can go on

74 Change just one note, and then invert You can go on see how it works

75 Change just one note, and then invert You can go on see how it works You can go on all day!

76 You can repeat

77 a simple phrase

78 You can repeat a simple phrase You can repeat

79 a simple phrase You can repeat you can repeat

80 You can repeat a simple phrase You can repeat you can repeat With just four notes you can go on

81 You can repeat a simple phrase You can repeat you can repeat With just four notes you can go on on and on, on and on, on and on

82 You can repeat a simple phrase You can repeat you can repeat With just four notes you can go on on and on, on and on, on and on on and on, on and on

83 With just four notes you can create a little motif or a theme

84 Don’t have to work, don’t have to think,

85 don’t have to sweat, don’t have to dream

86 And if we change the colour and we make the leap a perfect fifth, Watch!

87 It sounds completely new!

88 Simpler than that,

89 Simpler than that, you can repeat

90 Simpler than that, you can repeat just the one note

91 over again

92 Simpler than that, you can repeat just the one note over again You can

93 Simpler than that, you can repeat just the one note over again You can over again

94 Simpler than that, you can repeat just the one note over again You can over again Over again,

95 Simpler than that, you can repeat just the one note over again You can over again Over again, over again

96 Simpler than that, you can repeat just the one note over again You can over again Over again, over again over and over and over….

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98 But what if the musician doesn't have a score?

99 Improvise something? You mean make it up?

100 We could never do that

101 I'm not singing without any music

102 She’s not singing without any music

103

104 You mean we could make our own like all of those jazz cats can do?

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106 Beeya, beeya, dap dap, da doya doya do.

107 I think she’s got it

108 I think she’s got it, by George she’s got it!

109 Beeya, beeya, dap dap, da doya doya do.

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111 Bia diyada diayda diyada diyada diyiya dayada

112 (I think she's got it, by George she's got it!)

113 Bi a diya da dowap, ba doya daya da. Doya? Doya?

114 Diyap da doyou doyado. Bada dayadadoyap, doyap diya dow, baya dayap,

115 Dap! Da doya doyado.,

116 Ba doya, doya, diya dow? Badoya, bayado wow wow, bayado wow wow

117 Boyadoyadoya? Baya, daya do wow.

118 Bi a diya da dowap, ba doya daya da. Doya? Doya?

119 Diyap da doyou doyado. Bada dayadadoyap, doyap diya dow, baya dayap,

120 Dap! da doya doyado.

121 Badoya, do ya, diya dow, ba do ya? Bayado wow wow!

122 Boyadoya doya? Baya, daya do wow.

123 We could never do that.

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125 Do wha?

126 What did that mean?

127 Who cares? How did it make you feel?

128 If I could put it into words I wouldn’t need music.

129 Perhaps

130 Perhaps it is

131 Perhaps it is ineffable.

132 Ineffable.

133 And if it is ineffable.

134 And if it is

135 Just what that is

136 we can’t be sure of

137 To take the inexpressible

138 Whatever that is, we want more of that.

139 If music is in F,

140 If music is ineffable.

141 We’ll see if we can eff it anyhow.

142 And if it is ineffable?

143 Ineffable.

144 But if words were all we had...

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146 There would be no philosophy,

147 There would be no philosophy, no trips to Sydney

148 We’d have to find another job

149 We’d have to find another job- what could we do without music?

150 No Shepherd tones,

151 no ring tones on phones

152 Hey that seems to be a good idea Oh what a world

153 But tell me where would we be without words?

154 Where would we find the precision,

155 to say, with concision, whatever we think?

156 In a world without speech,

157 all our friends would be out of reach No way!

158 You can say what you like

159 You can say what you like: but that’s just my point!

160 But if words were all we had

161 There would be no songs to make you

162 No music to take you

163 No music to take you away from the world.

164 There would be no songs to sing you

165 And no harmonies to bring you

166 There’d just be words and words and words….

167 What are words for?

168 Five minutes left, we must conclude

169 No! If we stop now, they’ll all ask questions.

170 To run away would just seem rude.

171 Perhaps we’ll get them all to join in.

172 We need some music all can sing

173 I think we’ll manage, it’s not hard to

174 Sing an ostinato, it’s not very hard to

175 Sing an ostinato, Gentlemen, please join us

176 La, la, la, la, la, la La la la-la-la-la

177 Join us ladies: La-la-la-la-la, La-la-la-la-la, La-la-la,

178 Tutti, sempre al fine

179

180 If music is ineffable

181 We'll see if we can eff it anyhow. ***

182 Kristen ButchatskySoprano Stela SolarAlto & Cello Emery Schubert Bass & Horn Joe Wolfe Baritone & Bassoon Words and music by Joe Wolfe (with quotations from L. van Beethoven) To allow information compression, Shenkerian analysis, metamelodic reduction, Easter egg research and for the righteous indignation of sensitive people who were not here to be offended in person, the transcript & score for this paper is available at Surtitles and luce wranglerChristina Abdul-Karim

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