Language as Dust is an essayistic sound poem exploring the consequences of electronic mediation within spoken and written language. The investigation is divided into three meditations exploring relations between: 1) sound and meaning, 2) pattern and noise, and 3) presence and absence.
The text of the piece freely repurposes textual sources relating to the history of vocal technologies as well as psychoanalytic and philosophical theories of the voice, including: Aristotle's De Anima, Thomas Edison's anticipated use of audio recording, abstracted lyrics of "How High the Moon," misheard vocoder communications, and transcriptions of Electronic Voice Phenomena.
Jonathan Zorn - voice, doublebass
Sara Pajunen - violin