"Contemplation..." is a composition for "Songs of Home Songs of Change" which is a sound art installation consisting of a sonified map of New Orleans, brass instruments , and field recordings by New Orleans high school students.
Composition, keyboards, and brass by Jeffrey Albert
Brass by Hannah Benson-Kreiger and Jebney Lewis
Songs of Home Songs of Change by Jebney Lewis, Rick Snow, and Chris Staudinger
Video by Brent Joseph
Program Notes for “Contemplation on A City That You Love So Much”
When I was invited to compose for “Songs of Home Songs of Change,” I had a chance to see it in installation mode. Even though the piece is about the ideas of home and change, seeing the map of New Orleans in this form and thinking about change immediately brought my mind to New Orleans since August 2005. Painful destruction can lead to positive change, and I tend to be an optimist, so this piece trends towards optimism. These sounds are meant to provide a sonic basis for contemplation, not necessarily to guide the listener to a particular conclusion or thought. Allow these sounds to encourage your contemplation of a place you love.