Neanderthals in a phone booth

Fred Semeniuk

Neanderthals in a phone booth

  • Fred Semeniuk
  • Year of composition: 1992
  • Duration: 2:49
  • Instrumentation: fixed medium

Neanderthals in a phone booth was realized in his studio at home and at the University of Calgary electronic music studio using a real-time recording of the AGT message which comes on if you leave the phone off the hook for too long. This message was digitized using the Macintosh system. Opcode’s Studio Vision and Digidesign software orchestrated the system. Flange, chorus and echo sweetening were used sparingly. The Neanderthal’s voice is a sample from Sample Cell but lengthened in duration. Letting it loop with different durations gives an echo-like fade away of the sound file. Do not play this piece backward.