Their Lives Are Stripped of Meaning : voice with accompaniment
by Cat Hope (2018)
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In 2016, Australian author Richard Flanagan made a statement in a response to the Australian Government's policy on the treatment of refugees arriving in Australia by boat, which involves detention. "Their lives are stripped of meaning." In this piece, the vocalist sings these words, but they become incomprehensible as they are separated out over the 8 minutes of the piece; a direct reference to the indeterminate length of detention that Australia enforces upon refugees. Time passes, we forget and our ability to understand becomes difficult. In addition, the electronic part is created by sampling the instruments at certain moments in the piece, and strips away the timbral characteristics of the work, another metaphor for the consequences of this treatment of our fellow human beings.
Instrumentation: Trumpet, voice, electronics.
Duration: 8 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — max msp patch, highly controlled sound, graphic score
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