Little Mary Phagan (2001) uses a vocal recording, performed by my good friend and frequent collaborator D.M.Ingalls, as a starting point. The song was taught to him by a friend years prior and taught to her by her mother as a lullaby when she was a toddler. It always struck me as a quintessential American song, based as it is on a true story which intertwines capitalism, violence and racism.
My goal was to turn the solo voice into a chorus of sorts using a series of cascading delays. The effect of the various delays is a complex of shifting harmonies and rhythms which exaggerates the original performance and provides improvised commentary on the content as the tune unfolds.