Mother's War

Electroacoustic composition

Duration: 7'20''
Composed: 2018
4 channels fixed media

Mother's War is based on the composer's mother's fragmented memories of WWII in The Netherlands. All the sounds are either strings or voice, with the exception of one field-recording from the house in Haarlem, where his mother spent the war. Voices were recorded using a carbon-mic of the kind used during that war. The piece deals with the subject matter imagining the complete envelopment and seeming endlessness that six years of war would mean to a child.

Mother's War was premiered in the Abrons Art Centre at the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival on 18 July 2018. Prior to that it was performed in various of work-in-progress states at a few festivals in Sweden.