Pilgrimage to Gallipoli is an extensive radiophonic work of 85 mins in two parts. It is the result of more than 14 years of research, audio recordings, and compilation. The work includes recordings Chris made during visits to ANZAC day commemorations at ANZAC cove in 1994 and 2001, along with interviews, site-specific recordings and historic sonic material. His sabbatical leave in 2008 allowed him sufficient space and time essential to compiling this creative response to one of this country’s defining events.
Those heroes that shed their blood and lose their lives… You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours… You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries wipe away your tears; Your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.
In any quiet place there are secret messages in the air, and here carried on the water-wind are moments from imaginary dawn: echoes of words, flutes, violas lurking, and whistlings from the rare kokako singing back in another time, another place. All is reflected from a quiet rock pool on Rangitoto Island, icon of the Auckland landscape; music of dreams and gentle thoughts rather than aggressive dynamic statement…
The underlying raw sound material was recorded on the island (a rock pool at the water’s edge), and is heard near the end of the work. In 1993 I prepared a larger work from which this was extracted, Voices in the Air, whose three movements made use of real-time granulation and stretching of the source material, heightening and colouring the voices suggested by the source tape. This processing was carried out in the Sonic Resource Studio of Simon Fraser University, (Vancouver) on the POD system developed by Barry Truax, using real-time granulation of sampled sound. Overlaid on the hidden narrative of these granulated sounds are fragments of vocal granulations of soprano Experience Bryon singing the word ‘dawn’ and fragments of baroque (wooden 1-key) flute, soprano voice, a short fragment of bowed viola , and some re-synthesised kokako.
(mixed using Pro Tools software (University Of Auckland); processing treatments used on the source files: granular synthesis on POD system (Simon Fraser University, Vancouver); Turbosynth; Metasynth