Saturday, November 16, 2002

On Voice

Recently reread the interview with Diamanda Galas in the RE/Search book, Angry Women.

Galas was once called "Tura Satana without cleavage" - but it is her voice that really marks her. And by that I don't just mean her three-octave range and propensity for unsettling sounds.

She once said, "My voice was given to me as an instrument of inspiration for my friends and a tool in the torture and destruction of my enemies... The voice is the primary vehicle of expression that transforms thought into sounds, thought into message... From the Greeks onward, this voice has always been a political instrument as well as a vehicle for transmission of power."

(As an aside: if you find yourself in Los Angeles on November 21st, try to catch the Velvet Hammer Burlesque show that reunites Tura, Haji and Lori Williams of Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! fame, along with other Meyer favourites, Kitten Natividad and Cynthia Myers.)

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