I don’t know how to to to say say anything

I don’t know how to to to say say anything is a theatrical concert work for speech-jammed narrator, electronics, and ensemble.

This work was commissioned and performed by OSSIA New Music at the Eastman School of Music at Kilbourn Hall on Feb 25th 2016.

Program notes:

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Communication (from Latin: commūnicāre, meaning “to share”) is the purposeful activity of information exchange through a shared system of signs and semiotic rules. Communication in the category of living organisms usually occurs through visual, auditory, or biochemical means. Possible purposes of communication may be to elicit change, generate action, create understanding, inform, or communicate a certain idea or point of view. When the desired effect is not achieved, factors such as barriers to communication can be explored, with the intention being to discover how the communication has been ineffective.

Barriers to effective communication can retard or distort the message and intention of the message being conveyed which may result in failure of the communication process or an effect that is undesirable. These barriers include filtering, selective perception, information overload, emotions, language, silence, communication apprehension, gender differences, and political correctness. This also includes a lack of expressing “knowledge-appropriate” communication, which occurs when a person uses ambiguous or complex legal words, medical jargon, or descriptions of a situation or environment that is not understood by the recipient.

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Delayed Auditory Feedback (DAF), also called delayed sidetone, is a type of altered auditory feedback that consists of extending the time between speech and auditory perception. It can consist of a device that enables a user to speak into a microphone and then hear his or her voice in headphones a fraction of a second later. Most delays that produce a noticeable effect are between 50-200ms. DAF usage (with a 175 millisecond delay) has been shown to induce mental stress.

Indirect effects of delayed auditory feedback in non-stutterers include reduction in rate of speech, increase in intensity, and increase in fundamental frequency in order to overcome the effects of the feedback. Direct effects include repetition of syllables, mispronunciations, omissions, and omitted word endings. These direct effects are often referred to as “artificial stuttering”.

A live performance of the work:

View the full score here.