Pure Sound

Had I a cave on some wild distant shore

where the wind howls to the waves dashing roar

I use to paly with this a lot, when I was having to learn r.p. received pronuncation. Standardized English accent. It was considered at the time the only language you could speeak shakespeare in.

Traditional on the English stage a very particular form of vocal projection is used, its termed declamatory verse. R.P. which is basically a middle class southern Engliish accent was considered the essential basis for the declamotory style. Its changed now but back in the day it was the only way of doing it.

This verse by Robert Burns lends itself perfectly to the declamitory style. I was not aware of it at the time, but this form of speaking developed for the stage in Burns lifetime.

I used it, as I could focus on what I had to do with sound without being constrained by having to speak in an accent which is alien.

I suspect Burns may have been performing a similar trick.

Shore has the rolling rr of scots, the roar of the waves is contained within the sound.

You lose sight of whats going on in the moment by being caught up within the sound of it. It takes you under the surface and beneath the waves into a soundscape.

Shaped entirly as it appears and feels on the breath.

Sound triggers the whole form, it requires no more than to breathe.



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