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3-4 Weeks
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This album contains Meredith Monk's earliest compositions for voice. The songs that make up Key were composed and performed in a 3-year period between 1967 and 1970, when Monk collected them into this 45-minute "invisible theater" experience. Monk (travelling voice, electric organ, jews harp), Daniel Ira Sverdlik & Dick Higgins (companion voices), Collin Walcott (companion voice & mrdingam), Lanny Harrision and Mark Berger (vision monologues). "In 'Key" I wanted to create a constantly shifting ambience. Each song dealt with a different vocal character, landscape, technical concern or emotional quality. I was trying for a visceral, kinetic song form that had the abstract qualities of a painting or a dance. I knew that I didn't want to set music to a text; for me, the voice itself was a language which seemed to speak more eloquently than words. I chose certain phonemes for their particular sound qualities. In a sense, each song became a world in itself with its own timbre, texture and impulse." -- Meredith Monk.