2014 | sound, megaphones, paint, mesh veils | 25 minutes ∞
The homeland will forget the heroes
The heroes will forget the lovers
The lovers will forget the homeland
Commissed by the Esker Foundation, The Lovers is an audio piece for nine bells and nine voices, composed with Johannes Malfatti and featuring the voices of Gunnar Brandt-Sigurdsson (tenor), Michael Berner (tenor), Arnout Lems (baritone) and members of the Calgary Boys' Choir.
The sound of church bells transforms into the sound of men and boys mimicking the ringing of bells. Their calls become words that slowly spell out a message of nationhood and forgetting. The first installation of The Lovers took place in a public park from sundown until midnight, broadcast from multiple loudspeakers, some of them veiled, creating the effect of a sonic monument to forgotten things.
Contact Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay for access to a recording of the entire composition.