Conceptually, this piece is a threnody dedicated to my ancestors and to all those affected by displacement and oppression. Through researching my family's genealogy, I discovered ancestry in the First Nations People, Métis, and Filles du Roi. The deeper I dug into this history, the more inner turmoil and existential anguish developed, resulting in the creation of this piece.
Mechanically, it is a 4-track composition for analogue modular synthesizer, consisting of off-kilter percussive sequences in a polyrhythmic, odd time signature; disjointed wind/water sounds made with pink and white noise; and human-like cries fashioned from dissonant harmonies of sine, triangle, and square wave oscillators.
Recorded in 2018 using a Starkey Laboratories Analogue Modular Synthesizer.