“Dutton remains one of the very few magicians of the human voice.”
—François Couture, All Music
“Dutton’s gargantuan vocalising [is] fascinating, inventive, grippingly obsessive . . . Grunts and snorts, squelches and rattling, overtones that hum and buzz, braying, moaning, whimpering, whining, susurrations, hesitations and growls . . . The solo releases Mouth Pieces and Oralizations make the richness and versatility of Dutton’s mature voice abundantly clear.”
—Julian Cowley, The Wire
“[T]here’s no one else who comes even close to what [Tanya Taqaq] does: not Bjork, not Meredith Monk, not Iva Bittova, not Mike Patton. Maybe Paul Dutton . . .”
—Michael Barclay, Maclean’s
Glossary. Mercure: mercury. Poison: poison. Poisson: fish.
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Mouth Pieces (2000) — click to order CD
No electronic effects or processing, no feedback, overdubs, or fades. Twenty-one acoustic oral solos, working at the outer reaches of the technical and expressive potential of human utterance, fashioned from sounds, textures, and even a few words. Audit here or here.
Oralizations (2005) — click to order CD
Richly textured multiphonic vocal virtuosity, laced with rasps, rumbles, honks, howls, and wheezes, featured in freely improvised and formally structured solos, with flights of verbal invention added into the mix—Oralizations bursts the bonds of convention, testing the extremes of voice and verbalization.