Throughout the Winter of 2002-3, I marched against the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq, micro-cassette recorder in hand. In the months that followed, I began to struggle with how to represent and deepen these experiences using the tools of the electronic musician. Simply writing protest music was out of the question - we had just been through an object lesson about the inability of simple protests (in fact, the largest internationally coordinated demonstrations in history) to prevent the war.
This first piece in the Street Songs series (there are currently five pieces in the series) was originally created as a stereo "tape" piece, with no live performance element, more or less as you can hear it on the MP3 version released here. Just as with the series as a whole, this Street Song is a work in progress, and I am currently revising it to include elements of reaction and interaction.
Comments, questions, and suggestions for possible collaborations or venues in which to perform this and other anti-war music are more than welcome! Send them to [email: david.ogborn (at) utoronto.ca].