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Sound from the Bench

by Ted Hearne & The Crossing

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Consent 06:48
i want you i want to i want you i want to i want you i want to I do. I was thinking penetrating thoughts about you It will be good, we can do it, and we need it. It can be taken from me - even from the shirt on my back. I was thinking penetrating thoughts about you It will be good, we can do it, and we need it I miss you too, in a heart-aching kind of way. All of it shall be mortgageable and bound as security - It can be taken from me - even from the shirt on my back. I do. I just took care of your daughter. * * * Declare your consent The missing you hurts You’ll be in it soon What a way to feel Who gives this woman * * * i want you i want to All of it shall be mortgageable - I just took care of your daughter and bound as security - she said you could take a picture i want you i want to I just took care of your daughter and made sure she was safe she was so in love with me that night I ask you to state your intentions All of it shall be mortgageable and bound as security - it can be taken from me, even from the shirt on my back - during my lifetime and after this lifetime, this day and forever. I just took care of your daughter and made sure she was safe she said you could take a picture she looks dead lmao * * * I do. I was thinking penetrating thoughts about you It will be good, we can do it, and we need it. I miss you too, in a heart-aching kind of way I’m really looking forward to adding to it All of it can be mortgageable and bound as security - it can be taken from me - even from the shirt on my back - during my lifetime and after this lifetime this day and forever How have you been holding out on me with that picture for so long? she said you could take a picture oh i am looking at all my pictures of you You don’t even want to know what I’m imagining you doing right now she was so in love with me that night Declare your consent before God I just took care of your daughter when she was drunk * * * This original amount, I accept upon myself and my heirs after me - It can be paid from the best part of my property and possessions that I own under all the heavens. All of it shall be mortgageable and bound as security - it can be taken from me - even from the shirt on my back - during my lifetime and after this lifetime - from this day and forever. even from the shirt on my back she said you could take a picture I refuse to get excited Will you accept children lovingly from God? Declare your consent before God and the church. I felt knowing what was right she looks dead lmao i just took care of your daughter but i also know we are equal to almost any… she said you could take a picture Who gives this woman? text: love letters I wrote in 2006 love letters my father wrote in 1962 The Catholic Rite of Marriage Traditional Jewish Ketubah (Wedding contract) text messages by Trent Mays and Lucas Herrington, used as evidence in the Steubenville Rape Trial, 2013
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Inhale. Take a deep breath. Draw in as much air as possible. Don't sound obvious. Avoid gasping. Raise your tongue. Position the back of your tongue so it touches your soft palate. When the mouth is closed the tongue comes in close contact with the roof A curtain of flesh, the soft palate The throat and mouth in distinct chambers. Exert pressure. Let out a groan. The ventriloquial drone. text culled by JENA OSMAN and TED HEARNE from “How to throw your voice” (www.wikihow.com/Throw-Your-Voice) and Ventriloquism (1906) by Charles Henry Olin
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No mouth. The very heart. text by Jena Osman adapted from First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti 435 U.S. 765 (1978)
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a narrowly tailored remedy to that interest. Apostoli --to use the words of one Justice, that is ventriloquist-speak. I would say that it is more like surrogate speech. JUSTICE GINSBERG: Who is the "you" ? Apostoli people think representatives are being bought, okay? Apostoli, Alleluia. the line dissolves on practical application. Apostoli it is said the distinction requires the use of magic words the words of the statute were "any person," Apostoli as if we have an unbroken amount of years we gave some really weird interpretations — the Earth is not — CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: Why don't you tell us now. We will give you time for rebuttal. [Laughter] JUSTICE SCALIA: Don't keep us in suspense. [Laughter] they want winners if it has to lose, the answer is yes they want winners presumably as a poison pill they want winners individuals are more complicated than that we couldn't sever it based on the language there is no place where an ongoing chill is more dangerous these corporations have a lot of money variis linguis Apostoli, Alleluia. we get to that when we get there. you are not talking about the railroad barons and the rapacious trusts they wear a scarlet letter that says "C" but it is a nightmare that Congress endorsed. is that a yes? is that a yes? text by Jena Osman culled from Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 310 (2010)
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What I thought was a sudden chip in the metal was actually a drop of water one foot in the front of the metal, my eye joining the two in a simple surgery by Jena Osman (from "The Character")
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when you hear that distant sounding drone, you know you have your mouth as it should be text by Jena Osman culled from Ventriloquism (1906) by Charles Henry Olin
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Ripple 10:30
I. The marine that engaged from Post 7 was unable to determine the occupants of the vehicle due to the reflection of the sun coming off the windshield. II. due to the III. of the sun IV. The marine that engaged V. determine VI. the reflection of the sun VII. occupants VIII. The marine that engaged from Post 7 was unable to determine the occupants of the vehicle due to the reflection of the sun coming off the windshield. Text from an internal U.S. Dept. of Defense military cable describing an incident that took place on July 22, 2005 in Fallujah, Iraq, released in 2010 by WikiLeaks and its media partners. http://warlogs.wikileaks.org/id/0DB5B033-3131-4080-822E-8B0FAD1C1764/
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you were always fair you were almost always kind weren't you? you always reached out your hand you almost always refused to lie didn't you? you wouldn't shut your shining eyes would you? (Ted Hearne)
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it's almost like a casino you're looking at the guy winning, you're looking at the guy who pulled the lever and all the bells go off and all the coins are coming out of a one-armed bandit and you're thinking that could be me. i'll play by those rules. (David Simon, from an interview on Bill Moyers Journal, broadcast April 17, 2009)
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flashing window empty street burning tv song flashing window empty street burning tv song flashing window empty street burning tv song stay (Ted Hearne)
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we pretend to need them we pretend to educate the kids but we don’t and they're not foolish they get it (David Simon, from an interview on Bill Moyers Journal, broadcast April 17, 2009)
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we cannot leave this land of our ancestors on this earth we are being killed by the monster on this earth shuku shuku (the sound of the train) i want to get on the train to get on the train in the morning i want oh mother, it's leaving me behind! ("As'kwaz'ukuhamba," traditional Xhosa anti-apartheid song, translation by Patiswa Nombona and Mollie Stone, 2003)

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As one of the most socially conscious young composers in contemporary classical music, Ted Hearne has drawn on a multitude of influences to create Sound from the Bench—his first project for Cantaloupe Music.

The title piece also features the edgy electric guitars of Dither’s Taylor Levine and James Moore, as well as the rhythmic flourishes of percussionist Ron Wiltrout. Taken as a whole, this is some of Hearne’s most wide-ranging and adventurous work—a siren call that resonates with unusual passion in these politically charged times.

Clocking in at 40 minutes, this probing exploration of the Supreme Court's Citizen's United decision is brilliantly scored for choir, electric guitars, and drums/percussion. Hearne lifts texts from Jena Osman's Corporate Relations, a collection of poems that follows the historical trajectory of corporate personhood in the United States. The five movements combine language taken from landmark Supreme Court Cases with words from ventriloquism textbooks.

As the piece progresses, the human voices are "thrown" and thrown over by the mechanical and menacing voices of the electric guitars. Says Hearne, "I strive toward a polyphony of oppositional voices and perspectives in my music, and to bring the chaotic forces of life into the work itself. It was this impulse, and the unabashedly political tone of Osman's poetry, that made me want to set some part of Corporate Relations to music.”

Sound from the Bench shares a program with three other recent pieces by Hearne that, in the words of The Crossing's conductor, Donald Nally, are “fundamentally about asking questions—questions about the world we live in, about art, and about language and music.” Hearne’s virtuosic and hauntingly beautiful musical settings entice, repulse, and surprise in turns, as he interweaves texts from the Iraq War Logs ('Ripple'), Bill Moyer’s 2009 interview with The Wire creator David Simon ('Privilege'), and the 2013 case of rape by high school students in Steubenville, Ohio ('Consent'). The Crossing has recorded these four works for release on Cantaloupe Music, on an album produced by Nick Tipp and titled after the anchoring work.

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released March 24, 2017

THE CROSSING (Donald Nally, conductor)
Taylor Levine, electric guitar
James Moore, electric guitar
Ron Wiltrout, drums

Produced by Nick Tipp and Ted Hearne
Engineer: Nick Tipp
Assistant Engineer: Dave Schonauer
Editing: Mike Tierney and Nick Tipp
Mixing: Nick Tipp
Additional Mastering: Benjamin Maas
Recorded at Morningstar Studios in Norristown, PA, September 2016

Artwork: Seth Gadsden
Graphic Design: Traci Larson
Text for Sound from the Bench: Jena Osman

Executive producers: Michael Gordon, David Lang, Kenny Savelson and Julia Wolfe
Label manager: Bill Murphy
Cantaloupe sales manager: Adam Cuthbert

THE CROSSING:
Katy Avery
Jessica Beebe
Karen Blanchard
Steven Bradshaw
Colin Dill
Micah Dingler
Robert Eisentrout
Allie Faulkner
Ryan Fleming
Joanna Gates
Dimitri German
Steven Hyder
Michael Jones
Heather Kayan
Mark Laseter
Chelsea Lyons
Maren Montalbano
Rebecca Myers
Rebecca Oehlers
Daniel Schwartz
Rebecca Siler
Daniel Spratlan
Elisa Sutherland
Jason Weisinger

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Ted Hearne Los Angeles, California

Ted Hearne is a composer, singer and bandleader.

The New York Times has praised. Hearne for his "tough edge and wildness of spirit," and "topical, politically sharp-edged works." Pitchfork called Hearne's work "some of the most expressive socially engaged music in recent memory -- from any genre." ... more

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