Let the Bodies Hit the Floor

Let the Bodies Hit the Floor by Dmitri Tymoczko

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2004 Seige of
              Fallujah (source: <a
              href='http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fallujah_2004_M1A1_Abrams.jpg'>Wikimedia


              Commons</a>)

Let the Bodies Hit the Floor (2009) is a mashup of songs and poems from World War I, juxtaposed with the recorded voice of an American soldier recalling the 2004 siege of Fallujah. At the end of the piece, the soldier's voice is replaced by a recorded female voice, speaking a text drawn from the same WWI-era poems, but scrambled even more dramatically. The piece was written for, premiered by, and recorded by Newspeak, an amplified chamber-music ensemble.

Instrumentation: Amplified chamber-music ensemble, Singer, Recorded voice

Performers: Newspeak

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