Three Poems from Felt

Complete Work Title: 

Three Poems from Felt (after Alice Fulton)

Performance Medium: 

poetry reading with computer music


I. Prequel
II. By Her Own hand
III. Call the Mainland



Date Composed: 

March 2005

Performance Information: 

The computer music is for 8-channel fixed media, though it may be performed in a reduced version for 4 channels.

Additional Information: 

Included on the album Improbable Encounters (innova 873, 2014).

Performance History: 

Alice Fulton, recitation:
• 15 April 2011; Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), presented as part of the Department of English Reading Series

Beverly Moon, recitation:
• 14 November 2008; Delta State University (Cleveland, MS) — Electroacoustic Juke Joint Festival

Jessica Leza, recitation:
• 8 March 2008; Nightingale Theatre (Tulsa, OK) — Living Arts of Tulsa New Genre Festival

Nancy Hoffman, recitation:
• 29 February 2008; Connecticut College (New London, CT) — 11th Biennial Arts and Technology Symposium

Heidi Dietrich Klein, recitation:
• 26 February 2008; Metropolitan Catering (Denton, TX)
• 25 February 2008; University of North Texas (Denton, TX)

Alice Fulton, recitation:
• 10 January 2008; Armand Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, CA)

Joseph Klein, recitation:
• 24 March 2007; National Chiao Tung University (Hsinchu, Taiwan) — 2007 International Workshop on Computer Music and Audio Technology

Kelly Kruse, recitation:
• 10 March 2007; Iowa State University (Ames, IA) — SEAMUS 2007 National Conference

Amanda Halverson, recitation:
• 21 January 2007; Concordia College (Moorhead, MN)

Heidi Dietrich Klein, recitation:
• 3 November 2005; Collin County Community College (Plano, TX) — Texas Computer Musicians Network concert

Lola Haskins, recitation:
• 8 April 2005; University of Florida (Gainesville, FL) — Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival

Alice Fulton, recitation:
• 4 April 2005; University of North Texas (Denton, TX) [premiere]

Program Notes: 

I have been an admirer of Alice Fulton's poetry for several years now, and have used her evocative turns of phrase as titles for two of my previous works. I had wanted to compose a musical setting of her poems for quite some time, but had difficulty finding the appropriate medium, as her words seemed to resist a traditional musical setting. It finally occurred to me that I was really interested in creating an elaboration of a poetry reading — after all, poets often "perform" their own works just as musicians do, so it seemed natural to create a sonic environment around the poet's spoken words. Three Poems from Felt was drawn from Fulton's 2001 collection of poems, which lent themselves particularly well to such a setting.

The work was first performed by the poet on 4 April 2005 at the University of North Texas. It is included on the album Improbable Encounters (innova 873, 2014).