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Free Heart, Free Voice

2015, duration: variable

Free Heart, Free Voice explores the idea of being denied a voice in a new cultural environment, both in the literal and the political sense. This piece was inspired by a desire to capture the experiences of refugees while acknowledging Edward Said's ideas of orientalism. Too often refugees, and migration more generally, are aurally represented in Britain through the use of 'world music', which reduces individual experiences to cliché and stereotype. Free Heart, Free Voice is a piece written entirely in the audio programming environment SuperCollider. Programming the piece in this way allows original sounds to be combined with human voices singing and speaking in various languages. Combined, they summon up a mental landscape of refugee attempts to communicate, to hear and be heard, whilst avoiding the clichés of 'world music'. To take on board the diversity of refugee experiences, it is also not a static piece; there are variations between performances. Whether or not the piece finds its voice in the final moments is a consequence of these small variations. Free Heart, Free Voice, therefore, does not presume a happy ending nor a tragedy.

The sound material is a mixture of recorded voices and synthetically created sounds using stochastic and non-deterministic algorithms such as Xenakis' Gendy generators. There are minor changes between each performance which snowball chaotically as the piece reaches its final moments. Despite the stochastic nature of the piece it is globally static; in other words, the piece `sounds' almost the same with each performance, apart from the ending.

The piece is written for performance over five speakers. This is a stereo mix.