Vocal Chords: In Conversation with Peter Gabriel

Oct 23, 2014, 03:33 PM

Presenter Iarla ó Lionáird visits the home of world renowned singer Peter Gabriel in London to talk to Gabriel about the voice and what singing and the power of song has meant through his life. Gabriel says “I think everyone, musical or not, should learn to sing and find out about their voice…..I think it’s an understanding of interpretation, as well as delivering melody.”

Here is a teaser from their conversation to get you thinking about the full programme and the music and stories it promises!

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Recordist: Michael Gallen

Transcript: 00:00 Music fades up - Solsbury Hill 00:14 Peter Gabriel: I’ve never really thought about myself as a singer, I’m a songwriter who has learnt to sing. Y’know there has always been people who have better technique, who do their homework, practice. I’ve never really studied it seriously. But I loved writing songs and making noises that felt good and breath I think is really interesting around the voice, y’know sometimes I would do things in my own music and genesis where you just breathe and let your..the sound of your breath touch people, ‘cause it does touch people, ‘cause it y’know you connect instinctively to it and it’s the sort of feathery muscle that actually instinctively grabs people. 00:54 Music - Solsbury Hill Music gradually fades away to quiet. 01:10


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The Gabriel interview starts the series with a special one hour programme on RTE Lyric fm on St Stephen's Day 2014.