New and Ancient Voices (2005)

from Symbiotica (a cross-cultural mixup)

(recorded segments by AKA Pygmies - African Rhythms, Arnold Schoenberg - Pierrot Lunaire with soprano Christine Schafer and Ensemble Intercontemporain, Quasi Moto - The Further Adventures of Lord Quas)  

A variety of recorded tracks were sampled from some of the earliest known hunter-gatherer music of the AKA Pygmies (circa 3,500 years ago), from Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, and from current west coast hip-hop artist Quasi Moto.

Each of the three vocal tracks was separated into short musical segments, naturally bounded by silences. The segments were then recombined independently of one another, and of the other tracks, and separated by varied durations of silence. The resulting music represents a divergent range of vocal expression that combines regular and irregular rhythms with cultural references of speech-song. The music reaches deep into the past, uniting primal memories with current musical idioms and ideas.