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iGIRL - Act One (double album)

by Roger Doyle

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    New limited edition double CD; 2 panel 4 page digifile. June 2021.

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Distant voices 'I Girl Yes You Girl', 'I Oedipus', 'I Jocasta', 'I Antigone', 'I Joanne D'arc'.
What’s happiness? They haven’t cut my tongue out yet Or beheaded me I wont be flogged this morning Hopefully This is not a song about breasts Or misogyny Not that they are not worthy themes We just don’t understand them yet Breasts are like string theory Connected to everything So obvious we have to deny them Misogny too Poor men Ah the poor men God love them A little ode to men That fabulous vanished creature Who used to turn up With the haunch of the deer Fling it at our feet So they could touch the unmentionables The breasts All that meat Roasting over the fire In the cave The shadows flickering on the wall The sabre teeth glistening At the mouth of the cave Always The sabre teeth The yellow eyes Devouring Globs of recent carcass Rotting The brown blood of the moulting coffin Human soup. All the bones thrown in For delectation All you wanderers of the Earth Above and below Who did you love Was it torture Misogny of the breasts All the poor women Sucked on All those balls to play with But the face What of our faces? The wrong species Survived If you look at the deer The doe On the mountain At dawn Weeping behind the leaves You know The wrong species Came to the fore Human It means Last of the homini tribe Primates Ah Fond of fire and tools Great fingers On land and water Cute sounds they Call language Brag about their bigger brains Their generosity Hunter gatherers What we didn’t brag about We destroyed the Neanderthals The gentle mute Neanderthals Much is made of our social skills Networking Last surviving species of Genus homo Like the rat We cling on With ferocity And cunning It’s a bloodbath The fossils tell The sabre teeth The vampire incisors God bless the Vampire Incisors Without them Deer would run the world Sapiens – that means wise Ask the deer The Dodo The Neanderthal How wise we are Go ask the dinosaur Our sister Chimps The Whale Curved Spat Dived Back to the deeps With the deer And the gentle Neanderthals The Unicorns The sea horses Who would want The land The fighting The torture The halting Cacophony They call a song Let us stay in Our element And sing on
I Antigone 05:18
Recess 04:29


Music composed and produced by Roger Doyle ℗ and © PRS/MCPS 2019-2020. Recorded in the composer's home studio.
Libretto © Marina Carr.

Click through to iGIRL - Act Two here: rogerdoyle1.bandcamp.com/album/igirl-act-two


iGIRL is an electronic opera. There is no live orchestra. The recording studio in this case takes its place.
The score makes use of new music software creating, at times, an epic virtual orchestra, and at other times is heavily percussive evoking ancient and modern worlds.
The singers are hand-picked as Doyle wanted trained non-traditional opera singing i.e. little or no vibrato.
iGirl explores female grief, sorrow and sacrifice, and offers an insight into themes highly relevant in contemporary society.
The work is inhabited by mythological and historical characters, and 2 narrators - one, a woman living in contemporary times; the other describing humanity's ruthless survival of the fittest, of homo sapiens over the Neanderthals.

From a review that appeared in the September 2021 issue of The Journal Of Music:
'...one of Doyle’s most sophisticated scores laid down in stratified layers of kaleidoscopic sound with artisanal dexterity and precision. The result shows him still able to surprise, still growing, and still setting the pace'.
Full review here: journalofmusic.com/reviews/female-grief-sorrow-and-sacrifice


released June 26, 2021

Sung by: Daire Halpin (sampled voice tks. 1, 10).
Bláthnaid Conroy Murphy (tks. 2, 3, 7, 8, sampled voice tk. 6);
Caitríona O'Leary (tks. 4, 8, 9, sampled voice tk. 6);
Olwen Fouéré (tks. 5, 12); Camilla Griehsel (tks. 10, 11).

For copyright reasons the libretto cannot to reproduced here. It is included in the download when the album is ordered (an exception is made for track 2).

Total time: 74'54


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Roger Doyle Ireland

Roger Doyle – composer, keyboardist and producer of own music, in concert and in the studio. Likes to work on large projects and to collaborate with others. Works with a multiplicity of musical languages and evolving technologies.

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