the rain has a slap and a curve. “Centaur,” CRC 2407

Naturally there are rain sounds, at first. The heavily altered voice saying “The rain has a slap and a curve” is a shock, especially with the wild electronic exaggeration of the word “slap.” There are a couple more altered voice bits, but none accompanied so extravagantly. I’d venture to guess that the music that goes with the words “The rain has a slap and a curve” generates the entire rest of the piece. Perhaps it’s just me, but I don’t hear anything in the piece that’s not promised by those first few seconds. Voice, electronic slaps and thuds, rain sounds, gritty jangly sounds (that could easily be heavily altered rain), and high, lyrical, metallic sounds (that could easily be heavily altered voice)—it’s all there in the the first 45 or 50 secondso.
Although there’s not all that much unaltered rain sound, the roll of thunder at the halfway point has a satisfying inevitability about it. And perhaps because it’s so quiet, so much in the background, the unaltered voice near the end is another kind of shock.

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