Action at a distance ("no one is an island")
Scott McLaughlin - 2011

Duration: 9'

I've always found it difficult, if not impossible, to write for the voice, because it is always in the foreground, it resists blending. This piece is partly a response to this problem, that in turn creates its own paradox. What if the voice could not be heard directly, but instead is discerned only through its effect on other sounds: a pattern in the noise. The paradox is the presence of a vocalist, whose agency seems clear to the eye, but whose voice can only be inferred from the environment. If a woman sings in a room full of people, does anybody hear it?