Here Song connects users to place by encouraging them to scan the world around them and create one of a kind sound compositions to map the land.
The practice of studying horizon-lines from which to create sonic experience and melody was developed by Cannupa Hanska Luger’s ancestors, the people of the Northern Plains tribes of North America. This “singing the horizon” connected them to place and reinforced their relationship to the land.
In developing this project Luger and Dunnill invite a selection of leading Indigenous composers and musicians to create sounds for the application, allowing the user to engage with the artists’ work while weaving new sonic stories that engage directly with the land.
Here Song joins STTLMNT: An Indigenous Digital World Wide Occupation. Conceived as a month-long Indigenous led encampment in Central Park, Plymouth, UK, Settlement was to take place summer of 2020 within the context of the Mayflower 400 commemoration events. In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic STTLMNT was reimagined as an innovative year-long Indigenous Digital Occupation. Presented for one year, this new work invites global audiences to have meaningful interaction with the Indigenous people of North America and the Pacific.