Of Zoe and the Woman I Sing

a melodrama in three acts

Paul Alan Barker

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a melodrama in three acts

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Composer Paul Alan Barker
Year of Composition 2014
Duration -
Instrumentation Voice, Piano
Categories (all composers) , ,
Catalogue ID ce-pab1oz1


I worked with Zoë Lister to create a bank of spoken text and faces, exploiting certain emotions, as a Research Consultant for Toshiba Research in Cambridge. Toshiba created an avatar of Zoë, called XpressiveTalk TM, a face on a screen who could be programmed to speak any text across a full emotional range.

This work is designed for Zoë Lister to perform alongside her avatar and a pianist/actor. The narrative explores the changing relationship between an Artist and his Muse, and how their reality is altered by the consequences.