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Through the Eyes of a Child

Year:  2008   ·  Duration:  11m 28s

Year:  2008
Duration:  11m 28s

Composer:   Hannah Gilmour


This composition is based on the quote: 'Within every elderly person there's a younger person wondering what happened.' In it I have drawn on sound-scape, electro-acoustic and radio-phonic traditions to tell a story and develop the idea of 'the young child'. To do this, I first recorded a conversation I had with my Grandmother while we were looking through an old photograph album she had. From the stories she told me, I chose four of which I felt reflected the themes of love, grief, and hope. I selected these themes as they provided a narrative joining the four individual stories. Once the stories were selected, I recorded my 10 year old sister repeating some of the lines spoken by my Grandma, and also her own ideas on what the three themes meant to her. These were then combined with various music samples and edited together on ProTools 7.

Hannah Gilmour

Performance history

28 Jan 2009: Realised as part of the Arts NOW Series, North Carolina State University, in North Carolina, USA

04 Jul 2009: Realised as part of the Australasian Computer Music Conference in Brisbane, Australia

24 Jul 2009: Realised as part of the 6th Sound and Music Computer Conference in Porto, Portugal

19 Oct 2009: Broadcast on Radio New Zealand Concert

06 Dec 2009: Realised as part of the Beauty, Horror and Silence: The Electronic Arts and Music Festival in Miami, USA

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