Barry Truax and Hildegard Westerkamp


Produced by
Electronic Music Foundation

Ear to the Earth 2006
Pioneers In Acoustic Ecology

Tuesday, October 10, 2006 8pm
Judson Church
55 Washington Square South

Composers Barry Truax and Hildegard Westerkamp were among the founders of the World Soundscape Project in the early 1970s at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, which gave rise to the field now known as acoustic ecology. They discussed the concepts behind acoustic ecology and introduced and discussed their works.

PROGRAM


Pendeldrøm ............................................................................................................................Barry Truax
Into the Labyrinth......................................................................................................Hildegard Westerkamp
Island......................................................................................................................................Barry Truax
Für Dich/For You........................................................................................................Hildegard Westerkamp

ABOUT THE MUSIC

Pendeldrøm

Composed in 1977, Pendlerdrøm (or 'Commuterdream') is a soundscape composition that recreates a commuter's trip home from the Central Train Station in Copenhagen. At two points, one in the station and the other on the train, the commuter lapses into a daydream in which the sounds that were only half heard in the station return to reveal their musical qualities. It is hoped that the next day the commuter will hear the musicality of the station's soundscape in a different manner as a result of the dream; the rest of us may discover the very same aspects the second time we hear the work.

Into the Labyrinth

"Into the Labyrinth is a sonic journey into aspects of India's culture. It occurs on the edge between dream and reality, in the same way in which many visitors, myself included, experience this country. Nothing ever happens according to pre-determined plans or expectations. Although travellers usually do reach their destination somehow, the journey itself - full of continuous surprises and unexpected turns - becomes the real place of experience." Into the Labyrinth was composed in 2000.

Island

Composed in 2000, Island is a soundscape composition that blends natural acoustic environmental sounds with processed versions of the same sounds. The concept is a visit to an imaginary island imbued with magical realism, beginning at the shoreline, proceeding up a rapidly flowing stream, visiting a resonant cistern, climbing to the windy peak of a mountain lake, descending again through a nighttime forest of crickets, and ending at a different shoreline.

Für Dich/For You

Based on a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke and its translation by Norbert Ruebsaat, in Für Dich / For You, Westerkamp explores the theme of love and connectedness with the sounds and languages of her German/Canadian existence. Für Dich/For You was composed in 2005.