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Breaking News

by Hildegard Westerkamp

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    The Limited Edition Compact Disc comes in an eco-sleeve jacket with original artwork and liner notes. The album is over 1 hour and 22 minutes in length, so the CD does not contain the piece "Once Upon a Time." When you buy the CD, you get a link to download all tracks on the album, including "Once Upon a Time" plus extensive PDF booklet. Please note that shipping is by letter mail and so is not tracked. This keeps costs down. If you want tracked shipping, please add the following amounts to your order: $12 for USA; $18 for Canada or $21 for International.

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This album wants to stir, unsettle and surprise. But unlike with breaking news in the regular media, it refuses to transmit feelings of helplessness, fear and terror. Instead it wants to energize and revitalize, even when it grapples with incidents of violence and death. The pieces presented here were created between 1988 and 2012. In their togetherness they highlight and celebrate voices that are often relegated to the personal domain: sounds of new life, of unusual artistic sensibilities, of children’s and female voices. They have the power to tip the balance in our lives, in favour of love, resilience and human compassion. If we choose to listen!

“Breaking News invites the listener to surrender to a journey to the place and time of the recording, transitioning into an abstraction of the original sounds, guided by her studio practice with looping, filtering, equalising, resonating, reverberating. It brings all the technique, sound research and creative thinking of a career spanning half a century into the present moment where for Westerkamp, headphones are still for listening, not fashion.”
Jo Hutton, The Wire 460, p. 45 (excerpt)


released March 25, 2022


MotherVoiceTalk features the voices of Roy Kiyooka, Hildegard Westerkamp, Agnes Westerkamp, Mary Kiyoshi Kiyooka.

Moments of Laughter features the voices of DB Boyko (performance vocals) and Sonja Ruebsaat (child's voice).

Once Upon A Time narrators: Amber Martin-Ruebsaat and Sibling; girl’s voice: Sonja Ruebsaat.

École polytechnique was performed by the choir of the Université du Québec à Montréal, directed by Miklós Takács.; Lori Freedman, bass clarinet; Lisa Rodrigue and Véronique Lucignano, trumpets; Daniel Fortin, percussion; and Johanne Latreille, bells. The original live recording by Charles Amirkhanian was the basis for the heightened listening experience presented here.

Breaking News features the voice and sounds of the composer’s first grandchild.

All tracks composed by Hildegard Westerkamp © 2021 (SOCAN)
Executive Producer: John Oliver
Editing and mixing: Hildegard Westerkamp
Mastering: John Oliver
Cover photo: Hildegard Westerkamp
Cover design: Seiya Oliver
Booklet design: John Oliver


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