Unspeakable Home

Unspeakable Home performed installation for ensemble and electronics

Commande Publique du Ministère de la Culture de Luxembourg, United Instruments of Lucilin, Casino Luxembourg — Forum d’Art Contemporain, November Music, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, 2022.

Go to the pine if you want to learn about the pine —Matsuo Bashō

What sounds most touch us? How do they mark our memories? I asked the performers of United Instruments of Lucilin to describe the places most meaningful to them in Luxembourg, home to the ensemble and many of its members, and to imitate the sounds of these places with their instruments. I then visited each place to make ambient field recordings inspired by the performers’ descriptions, and I composed a score weaving together the descriptions, instrumental sounds, field recordings, and detailed transcriptions of each recording for the performers to reinterpret live. The resulting performed installation says as much about the performers and my own experiences as the places themselves. The audience visits the cyclical work for as long they wish to join us in the recollected soundscape. Through our fragmented sounds and memories, we each try to find our way home.


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