Hildegard Westerkamp - Kits Beach Soundwalk
  Year :   1989
  Location :   Canada
  Worktype :   Composition
  Materials:   -
  Info :   Transformations CD 1996

  Work Details  
  Length: 9:32 In the late seventies I produced and hosted a radio program on Vancouver Co-operative Radio called Soundwalking,in which I took the listener to different locations in and around the city and explored them acoustically. Kits Beach Soundwalk is a compositional extension of this original idea. Kitsilano Beach - colloquially called Kits Beach and originally in native Indian language Khahtsahlano - is located in the heart of Vancouver. In the summer it is crowded with a display of "meat salad" and ghetto blasters, indeed light years away from the silence experienced here not so long ago by the native Indians. The original recording on which this piece is based was made on a calm winter morning, when the quiet lapping of the water and the tiny sounds of barnacles feeding were audible before an acoustic backdrop of the throbbing city. In this soundwalk composition we leave the city behind eventually and explore instead the tiny acoustic realm of barnacles, the world of high frequencies, inner space and dreams. Available on CD! Accessed 12.06.2009 from http://www.sfu.ca/~westerka/program_notes/kits.html