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Sound From the Bench was co-commissioned by The Crossing (Donald Nally, artistic director) and Volti (Robert Geary, artistic director).
Take a deep breath.
Draw in as much air as possible.
Don't sound obvious.
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.
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
from Sound from the Bench,
released March 24, 2017
performed by The Crossing (Donald Nally, conductor)
James Moore, electric guitar
Taylor Levine, electric guitar
Ron Wiltrout, drums