Monday, November 23, 2009

The Happiness Project

Charles Spearin asked his neighbors what makes them happy. He recorded their answers and then added musical instruments to bring out the musicality of their speech. Spearin calls it The Happiness Project. On the cut called Venessa, a woman who was born deaf tells about hearing for the first time with her cochlear implant. A piano part that follows her voice grows with her excited, translating into a deep and soulful sax and soaring violin. You can hear the selection for free here. (Haven't located a transcript yet)