March 14, 2009

The Happiness Project

The Happiness Project, a Toronto-based group that plays music based on human voices. Leader Charles Spearin recorded his neighbors talking about what happiness means to them, and his band of nearly 10 musicians plays over those voices. The instruments and the tempo of the compositions vary according to the speaker's timber of voice, statements, and their disposition. Not all of it worked, but it was interesting to find out just how musical the human voice is--in some cases, they are directly on pitch and can be played like notes on a piano.

A video on their website gives you a good idea.

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