Hildegard Westerkamp - Cordillera
  Year :   1980
  Location :   Canada
  Worktype :   A composed environment for four-channel tape
  Materials:   An acoustic environment.
  Info :   Western Front Gallery in Vancouver, Canada, for itsNew Wilderness Festivalin the Spring of 1980.





 
Poetry
  Work Details  
  Cordillera is a compositional working of Norbert Ruebsaats reading of the long title poem from his book Cordillera. The piece combines the voice with environmental sound from the landscape - the Western Canadian mountain wilderness - which first inspired the poems, and thus places them back into their correct context. Cordillera means a ridge or chain of mountains. It is also used generically to describe the continuous range stretching from Tierra Del Fuego to Alaska. The poem describes an ascent and movement through the high country. It is composed of 17 shorter poems orsnapshotsof specific locations, and these are each given their own acoustic shape as the composition proceeds. Cordillera is about landscape, about wilderness, about the human presence and voice in places that are still considered by many to be barren and silent. It attempts to bring back to the city listener the sense of space, time and acoustic identity we experience when we manage to tear ourselves from the noise that clutters most of our daily lives. Audio accessed 15.11.06 from http://www.sonus.ca (Canadian Electroacoustic Community Achive)