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Music and Field Recordings

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. The raw recordings have not yet been completely cataloged or described in detail.

The following are sound clips, extracted from the field recordings, which together comprise an aural backdrop for the web exhibit similar to that provided in actual museum gallery settings. These are temporarily titled for purposes of identification.

Procession with Royal Noisemakers No. 1 (2:00)
Wistful Melody (1:05)
Untitled Ambience (3:23)
Song of the Temple Virgins (1:49)
A Temple Virgin’s Lament (0:43)
Romantic Melody (1:42)
Procession with Royal Noisemakers No. 2 (2:09)
Just Another Day in Vanibo (2:34)
Recitation and Percussion (2:10)
*Gulf of Trusiern (1:22)
Daydream of a Temple Virgin (1:22)
more to come…

*created in 2019 as an element of the Llhurocian soundscape

Norman Daly on Composing A Musical Theme

Sheet music for the Virgins Chorus“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

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