We Call B.S.

2018

Open Instrumentation and Fixed Media

6'20''

'We Call B.S.' addresses the issues of gun control in America and listening to young political voices. Inspired by a powerful speech by Emma González (a survivor of the Florida shooting in February, 2018), the pitch and rhythm of her words have been notated into a video-score. An ensemble of mixed instruments accompanies the speech, improvising with the precise rhythm and pitch-contour of each syllable. Essentially, the resulting cluster of sound intensifies the emotion in González's message by emphasising the shape of her speech. The improvisation in this piece is partly inspired by Louis Andriessen's 'Workers Union'.

Premiered at Extended Play, August 2018.

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