Compose Your Words is about making music with the spoken word. As Leigh Landy writes: “Think of the wide range of vocal sounds, including words, that we can use in a spoken poem. Imagine what we can do with our voice as an instrument of performance.” This book is an excellent resource for text-sound art, with a clear progression of ideas and references to artists through the 20th century.
Landy takes you through the process of composition in a simple progressive sequence of 26 steps labelled from A to Z, some of which he created, many of which are based on works by well-known artists. He starts with simple rhythmic patterns and ends with technology and space. He writes: “I don’t want to put words in your mouths, take my words for it. I do want you to enjoy this and create.”
Leigh Landy is a composer, author, and educator. His compositions, including video, dance and theatre works, have been performed throughout the world. He is active as artistic director of Idée Fixe, an experimental sound and movement theatre located in the UK. He is editor of Organised Sound: An International Journal of Music Technology, and author of six books dealing with different perspectives on today’s music, among them Understanding the Art of Sound Organization, published by MIT Press. He currently directs the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK.