Fantasie for Horns II
© 1979, Hildegard Westerkamp (SOCAN) / Yul média (SOCAN)
Fantasie for Horns II written in 1979 by Canadian composer Hildegard Westerkamp combines the Canadian coastal soundscapes of train, fog, factory and boat horns into a 4 channel audio that is played together with the modern horn to create a captivating and layered effect that challenges listeners to view traditional horn sounds from a different perspective. Additional sound sources found in the work are sampled from an alphorn and a creek, focusing on the landscape and how sound is naturally altered and amplified depending on its environment. The tape works to create the acoustic landscape allowing the modern horn and its capabilities to be explored, showcasing how it can mimic environmental horns through various compositional techniques.