Thier Lives Are Stripped of Meaning
For instrument, voice and electronics
For Callum G'Froerer and Olivia Stahn
Premiered Ölberg-Kirche, Paul-Lincke-Ufer 29, Berlin May 2018.
In 2016, Australian author Richard Flanagan made a statement in a response to the Australian Government’s policy on the treatment of refugees arriving in Australia by boat, which involves detention. "Their lives are stripped of meaning." In this piece, the vocalist sings these words, but they become incomprehensible as they are separated out over the 8 minutes of the piece; a direct reference to the indeterminate length of detention that Australia enforces upon refugees. Time passes, we forget and our ability to understand becomes difficult. In addition, the electronic part is created by sampling the instruments at certain moments in the piece, and strips away the timbral characteristics of the work, another metaphor for the consequences of this treatment of our fellow human beings.
To perform this work, you will need the Decibel ScorePlayer which presents the score on an iPad. You will need the score file for this piece here. Instructions on how to put the file in the player are here. A paper and/or digital PDF of the score is also available. You can make your own electronics, or use the patch available from the composer.