Label: Coup de Glotte
Format: Cassette / Digital
Release: June 1, 2017
The fourth solo album from New York City-based composer and sound artist Roarke Menzies, Breath’s Length will be released on June 1, 2017 on Menzies’s own Coup de Glotte label digitally and on limited edition cassette.
Breath's Length is a collection of new solo electroacoustic works that use amplified voice, mouth, and breath as primary sound sources to approach themes of mortality, mourning, catharsis, digital reembodiment, techno-utopianism, and the impulse to outlast one's own lifetime.
The album's title track, and conceptual centerpiece, considers both the indeterminate length of a breath, and the indeterminate length of time one has left to breathe (i.e. to be alive), attempting to poetically extend each with technological assistance. The work builds from Steve Reich's notion of using "the human breath as the measure of musical duration." Each sung tone is held for one breath's length, recorded, looped, and overlaid, accreting into a heaving mass of sound – an audible sonic body that 'breathes' indefinitely.