July 11, 1990 (for the Seventh Generation) Matt Kober

July 11, 1990 marks the day when the Sureté Quebec began their siege on the Mohawk warriors of Khanesetake, who were blocking access to their sacred burial grounds and protesting the expansion of a 9-hole golf course that sits parallel to their land. The Quebec government responded to the native uprising by sending in first the SQ, then the army. Negotiations broke down and a crisis point was reached when the SQ began firing on the Mohawks that morning. I was just a teenager at the time, but was very affected by these events, as the overt abuses to these people’s basic human rights was occurring just a few miles away. I went to the pow-wow there the year after and walked through this heavily-contested grove of pines… walking along the trenches that were dug during the standoff. What struck me the most was the fact that the trees themselves were riddled with bullet holes and were weeping sap from a thousand wounds.

This piece is made in commemoration of this sad event in the history of Quebec and speaks for my solidarity in the clearest language I know: that of sound.

The sonic material used for the piece is almost exclusively soundscapes recorded in the forest around my hometown of Morin Heights, Quebec.

  • Year of composition: 2000
  • Duration of the submitted work: 4:01

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