We remember not the word, but the sound of the word

By Andrew C. Smith

Program Notes

Language is an activity where we repeat ourselves and others — a negotiation of similarity and difference of sounds, giving us similarity and difference of meaning. It is the network of repetition among voices that allows us to communicate. This piece is a repetitive text which I read, recorded, and transcribed into music notation. Closing each section is the phrase “we remember not the word, but the sound of the word,” which appears twelve times throughout the piece. The similarity is in the gesture, but the difference is in the sound.

— Andrew C. Smith