I Can’t Stop Loving You Zachary Wright

“I Can’t Stop Loving You” is a song written in 1958 by the American country singer Don Gibson. It was enormously successful, and has been recorded by over 700 artists since it was released. In this work composed for eight channels, Zachary Wright explores the influence and emotional resonance of this song throughout time. The piece is presented in two interconnected movements. The first is a re-interpretation of eight recordings of the original song, with each version emitting from a single speaker, in perfect rhythmic and tonal synchronization. Recordings used in the first movement are those by Don Gibson, Conway Twitty, Andy Williams, Kitty Wells, Timi Yuro, Sue Thompson, Acker Bilk, and Floyd Cramer. As the first movement ends, the second begins in a wash of engulfing drone and reverb. Soon, undulating sine and sawtooth melodies and subsonic frequencies fill the room, with melodies rising to the surface only to sink again, mirroring the listening experience in the first movement. The piece is an engulfing, meditative body experience.

  • Year of composition: 2011
  • Genre: Electroacoustics
  • Format: Fixed media
  • Hardware used: Macbook Pro, Apogee Ensemble, Adams and Blue Sky monitoring.
  • Software used: Ableton Live, Peak Pro
  • Duration of the submitted work: 9:46
  • Production: University

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