“Speak Your Own Language” (2015)
Released as a 7” record by Harmonipan
in connection with the project “Variety Gate”
at Museo Universitario del Chopo in Mexico City, “Speak Your Own Language (2015)” is part of Lucky Dragons’ ongoing research into an auditory illusion in which short fragments of speech, when repeated, can appear as entire words and sentences—something like an audio rorschach test. Spoken syllables, sequenced and filtered into layered rhythms and harmonic textures, occupy an area between music and language that each listener hears differently. For the record’s cover artwork, five listeners were asked to write down any words or phrases that they heard, composing lyrics to the music.