Time is Dust (DVD-Audio Surround) Give Us Peace

Give Us Peace

John Oliver

  • Year of composition: 2002
  • Duration: 4:52
  • Instrumentation: 4-channel fixed medium
  • Commission: CBC Radio One

Stereo

  • 48 kHz, 24 bits

Surround 5.1

  • Dolby Digital, 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • DTS, 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • PCM for Dolby Digital, 48 kHz, 24 bits

In Give Us Peace I return to the ideas & sound world of my dramatic work El Reposo del Fuego for synthesizers and audio. The tragedy of September 11, 2001 is not about airplanes and buildings: it is about people. My composition begins with sonic chaos, an imaginary sound world that fuses the sounds of objects breaking, crying, screams, distant crowds, singing, drumming, and religious chanting. Halfway through, the soundscape falls into itself on the phrase "No hay espacio mas ancho que el dolor” (There is no space wider than grief) and the remainder of the work fixes our attention on an eternal choir over which we hear the sounds of voices melting into granulated noise as people seem to turn to dust. This last part of the work, through pacing the speed of the listener’s breathing, builds a sonic memorial to the victims of September 11th and a promise for a better world for our children.

[source: Réseaux des arts médiatiques]

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