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.
This radiophonic/electroacoustic work uses narration, realistic sound imagery and electroacoustically transformed sounds to tell the story of my parents meeting in Italy during the WW2, using sounds recorded on location in Forli, Italy, as well as historical recordings of war correspondence reports and actuality recordings supplied by the New Zealand Sound Archive, the BBC and the Imperial War Museum.