Dust

Dust was written in 2017 in response to a call for art to remember Marikana, the mine where the South African police force gunned down 17 miners during a protest in 2012. The piece incorporates samples from the incident as well as common call-and-response phrases from gum-boot dances. The electric guitar drones, swirls, and feedback represent the three major phases in the protest. Motifs and accents were added with analog and software synthesizers. The piece aims to sonify the confusion, haze, and tragedy of the incident.

Dust was recorded and released under the Jackie Lee moniker and performed at SEAMUS 2018 at Berklee School of Music. SEAMUS is the annual meeting of the society of electro-acoustic music of the United States.