The Voice and its Double
The Voice and its Double

"Finding Voice"



"Four Short Visits To Different Worlds Crying Tone"

The US composer Laurie Spiegel (*1945) has worked across a diverse range of creative practices. In 1973, Spiegel was programming interactive compositional software in the hot house atmosphere of Bell Labs and later became a founder member of the New York University’s Computer Music Studio. She maintained an equally focused parallel trajectory in the world of baroque and modern string instruments. It was the human voice that became the axis around which “Crying Tone” (1975) and “Finding Voice” (1988–90) both revolved. According to Spiegel, “[t]hey are each in their own individual ways very much surrogates for my own voice in what each expresses.“ Spiegels’ works, again, are compositions that demand playback on a responsive audio system.