This is a draft of how the piece will end. I was inspired by my friend Anakana Schofield's blog post on Jim O' Rourke's composition for the Glasgow Improvisors Orchestra to add the instructions to the choir. How will I present the instructions I wonder? Any suggestions out there? The funny thing is, when I listen to the two compositions on the Beeb they sound like starlings to me!
The Finale: Loons Yodel
[start with whisper rain sounds, soft and gentle under Lori's song]
The mist settles in the cedars,
Water drip drops from the tip tops
Mice whisper in the grass,
pocka pocka pocka pocka pockapock pocka
The earth contracts
and the moon pulls at the dreams tangled in your hair.
pockity pockity pockit pockity
The fog horn grieves.
Lori sings the fog horn solo: Ahh OOOooooo Gah
[background sounds drips drops]
pickity pockety pockety
tikita tockita tikita tockita tikita tokita
pocka pocka pock apocka
Lori's loon solo: Qui Appelle? Qui Appelle?
coo coo (soft and slow) Koo Koo Ullie Koo Koo Ullie (Koo Koo Oo LEE)
[Rain sounds slow and we enter the songs of the frogs and the green heron.]
oon ka lunk [choir makes green heron sounds]
Harmonics slide down to gunk [choir makes frog sounds]
[Segue way into sinister evening--spooky rain sounds inspired by Agatha Christie's Poirot]
mortimer. . . mortimer. . .
plickety plockety plockety
trippa troppa trippa troppa
oo ooo oo oooo
Knock knock knock Knock knock [knock on chest]
Who're You? Who who who are you?
CAW CAW CAW
[choir improvises screeches of night creatures]
USE OF INSTRUMENTS available
Instruction: (use our body or what ever you have in your pockets as a percussion instrument--find your own rhythm and improvise!)
Who Cooks for you? [We ask each other]
Mamamamammama mamma mia!
Who cooks for you?
Who cooks for you?
Ma big big big babba!
Lori's Comedic Turn-No really, who does cook for you--your motha? Poisonally I prefer a raw diet: etc.
Knock knock who's there?
It's me woody.
Woody you like to go out wit me? Nnanananananana!
[Lori leads a woody woodypecker call and response]
Instruction: The choir take turns doing their own knock knock jokes.
Nocturnal Who? Nocturnal Knocker Knocking
[End with this:]
oooo oo? ooo ooo
You awake? Me tooooo. [very yawny]