Killing Fields Jayson Ellerbeck, Genevieve Robertson

Killing Fields is a recount of my experience in Phnom Phen, the capitol city of Cambodia. There, I spent a day visiting the Killing Fields and prison camp S21, where the Kymir Rouge, a communist guerilla group led by Pol Pot, carried out the interrogation, torture and brutal execution of approximately two million people from 1975 to 1979. This experience effected my profoundly. It changed the way I perceive human nature — the power of mass mentality became very clear to me. In a more subtle way, I was affected by the position I was in as a tourist. As the death camp has become one of the ways Cambodia generates income, I found it strange to pay a very poor country for a chance to witness the remains of the relatively recent genocide. The experience of paying to walk on exposed human bones will stay with me always.

  • Year of composition: 2005
  • Duration of the submitted work: 5:16

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Also part of Deep Wireless 3 (New Adventures in Sound Art).