Requiem for Fossil Fuels
“Requiem for Fossil Fuels” is happening at The World Financial Center Winter Garden on Friday, November 12th @ 7:00 pm. Composed and performed by O+A (Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger), the event is FREE to the public, and no reservations are required.
“Listening to our own noise is exactly the feedback we need to change the world,” explains O+A. For the last 20 years, Odland and Auinger have worked together to unlock the meaning of the sound of our cities. They have explored the soundscapes of remote ruined metropolises far from the electric grid, studied the sounds of nature and the sounds of man, all the while asking the audience to “Think with Your Ears.”
Their most recent event, “Requiem for Fossil Fuels,” is a radical gesture that challenges the current politics of the senses. “Just listening we can hear the climate changing. We hear it in the sounds of the lawn mowers, leaf blowers, rush hour, helicopters, jets, air conditioners, etc. These are the sounds from which we will create the performance, Requiem for Fossil Fuels.”
The “Mass,” which incorporates full Latin text with four lovely voices who represent “the everyman,” is set to the resonance of our fossil fueled cities gone mad. It is through this compelling sonic chaos the audience swims, experiencing our love/hate affair with machines.
“Requiem for Fossil Fuels” is presented by Arts World Financial Center (sponsored by American Express, Bank of America, Battery Park City Authority and Brookfield Office Properties). The performance is part of New Sounds Live, curated by John Schaefer, host and producer of WNYC Radio’s New Sounds and Soundcheck. With support from Austrian Cultural Forum NYC, Harvestworks and Electronic Music Foundation.
SAVE THE DATE: Requiem for Fossil Fuels, November 12 at 7PM
World Financial Center Winter Garden: 220 Vesey Street, NYC
Following is a video of Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger explaining their reasons for writing, “Requiem for Fossil Fuels.” Berlin 2008 at the Elisabethkirche. Video produced by Ableton Live for their artist series.