The compositional process of this piece was unusual for me. Paul started choreographing to a piece by Moby, and I started by writing a "Cantorial" setting of Psalm 121, "I lift my eyes unto the mountain". Then, to a videotape of his rehearsal, I wrote my own "techno" piece and started to weave the vocal line into the music. The last third of the piece was finished before the choreography. And so, there was a tremendous amount of give and take in crafting this piece.
The actual recording is entirely synthesized except for the vocal line - that's me chanting. In performance, we used a mix of the track without the voice, and I performed 'live' to the track. For the press release about the performance, click here.
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