Steven Speciale and his Loyola High School Students


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Proposed work as accepted for soundpedro 2020:
Curlew Blues

A tent houses a cyanotype-reimagining of an Esquimaux Curlew painted by John Audubon. This Curlew is now extinct. We recreated the image with “extinct” recording technologies: cyanotype, audio tape, and vinyl records. Student-composed musique concrete compositions made from taped birdsongs play in the background. Hanging inside the tent are resonant found-objects programmed to be mechanically struck recreating actual birdsongs. Our tent is an opportunity to consider human impact upon the natural wonders of the world.

ein Klein blaue Stimme (a little blue voice)

A cyanotype fabric tower displays cyanotype-singers’ faces in the middle of singing a phoneme. Viewers are invited to lift the face to view a font expressing the phoneme. The tower hides a sound system broadcasting student musique concrete compositions about the voices.

The title is a pun; the German adjective “klein” is capitalized as a reference to Yves Klein and as a reference to Mozart’s famous serenade “A Little Night Music.”

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Steven Speciale teaches sound art and music at Loyola High School of Los Angeles where he is also the Choir Director and Music Director for Hannon Theatre. In 2018, Steven was named one of eleven international Art21 Educators for the 2018-’19 academic year. He remains active with Art21 Educators. Trained as a pianist and conductor, Steven also composes for the theatre having scored seven plays and adapted/arranged Jazz era standards into a new musical called “Handsome Devil” which received its World Premiere in May of 2019. Steven’s Loyola High students have been creating and exhibiting sound art projects since 2007.

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