Thema Omaggio by Paul Rudy published on 2011-11-30T01:50:18Z Drooling cows, and slobbery dogs? Thema began with a 1' 45" vocal improvisation recorded in the studio. This recording served as the basis for a composition in which I explored improvisational methods in the studio. The work results from recorded performance mixes of processed material. The result is a balance of improvisational instincts with compositional craft in an attempt to preserve the human presence and energy often lost in fixed works. Like Berio's work, variations stem from this theme but in a recursive rather than a linear manner. Thema: Omaggio was awarded the 2002 EMS Prize, Stockholm, Sweden.