Field recordings and musical themes, created by Norman Daly and his various collaborators, were elements of the aural backdrop for the first installations of Llhuros. The recordings, made over 40 years ago on reel-to-reel tape, were unearthed and digitized in 2014.
Following is the 25 minute aural backdrop of excerpts from these recordings, assembled for the Istanbul Biennial exhibit. A few new sound elements have been added to enhance the ambience of Llhuros for the Biennial. (.mp3 | 25:21)
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Norman Daly on Composing A Musical Theme
“It was very painstaking, since I don’t know anything about music. I first wrote a theme and I wanted something rather schmaltzy. What I also wanted was something very poignant, but I wanted it not as a funereal dirge. I wanted it played fast but I still wanted it to have a sadness, that real schmaltzy nostalgia about it. So I wrote a theme—a very simple little tune—and then electronically it was altered with Moog’s synthesizer sufficiently so that it didn’t sound as it had been originally conceived just on the piano. Then I made variations of that theme and had some singers do some choral work on it as well as some children of the sixth grade sing part of it.”
—Norman Daly, from Interview with Thomas Leavitt