¡Vicuña! - Part I of the ¡Vicuña! Song Cycle

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¡Vicuña! is the first part of the ¡Vicuña! song cycle where the subsequent movement relies on two altered loops of its immediate predecessor. Because they are looped live, the three parts must always be performed in numerical order.

My sister and her two daughters visited Chicago while I was working on part I. At our parents' house, we watched a cartoon episode about vicuñas. I had never heard about these animals before. My youngest niece rode me as if I were one during a scene where a whole herd of vicuñas was running with clapping kids, their eyes eerily, slowly blinking in unison in regimented intervals. I decided to commemorate this experience by naming part I and the entire song cycle ¡Vicuña!, also in dedication to my youngest niece.

lyrics

Lucid glimmer dissipating
Once named
Rally hurts
Trumpet absurd
For you, for me, for we
Weee

Reverberations clanging empty

Martyred sense
Atrophy we know
Round, round the obelisks we go
Round, round we go
For you, for me, for we
Weee

Embracing disgrace

We are madness
We are sadness
Lucid glimmer dissipating
Once named
For you, for me, for we
Weee

Wail it to the elders who
Wail it to their children scornful
Who become the elders who
Wail it to their children mournful
Who become the elders who
Wail it to their children scornful who become the elders who wail it to their children mournful who become the elders who wail it to their children scornful who become the elders who wail

I will lead the blind along ways they have not known
Along unfamiliar paths I will guide them
Turning darkness into light before them
Making rough places smooth

These are the things I will do
These are the things I will do
I will not forsake them
These are the things I will do
These are the things I will do
I will not forsake you

When you pass through the waters
You will not be swept away
And when you walk through the flames
You will not be set ablaze
For I have redeemed you
I have summoned you by name
You are mine
So do not fear
I am with you

These are the things I will do
These are the things I will do
I will not forsake them
These are the things I will do
These are the things I will do
I will not forsake you

Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice...


***Many of the lyrics are taken/adapted from 1 Corinthians 13:1; Joel 1:3; Isaiah 42:16; Isaiah 43:1-2; Isaiah 41:10; Deuteronomy 31:6-8; and Philippians 4:4

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from burn it out, released December 13, 2015

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Woosung Alice Washington, D.C.

live-looped noise-pop solo project

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gear:
-Boomerang looper with Sidecar
-guitar in drop C
-bass amp
-vocal mic for looping
-mixer
-lo to hi impedance matching transformer
-vocal mic for PA system
-folding table
-various cables
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