Music and Field Recordings of Llhuros

Sheet music for the Virgins Chorus

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

Field Recordings

The following ‘field recordings’ were created as elements of the aural backdrop of the installations of Llhuros. The recordings, made over 40 years ago on reel-to-reel tape, were unearthed and digitized. The recordings have not yet been cataloged or described in detail. We include them for those who are curious now!

Uncataloged 1 – (rooster, crowd sounds) – 2:46
Uncataloged 2 – (electronic ambience) – 6:34
Uncataloged 3 – (explanation of Virgins Chorus and rehearsal) – 12:06
Uncataloged 4 – Virgins Chorus – 12:24
Uncataloged 5 – (percussion) – 8:05
Uncataloged 6 – (modified percussion) – 7:51
Uncataloged 7 – (electronic ambience) – 12:27
Uncataloged 8 – (Llhurocian language fragments, children) – 19:11
Uncataloged 9 – (Llhurocian language fragments, children) – 21:50
Virgins Chorus (extended) – 12:33