An Overdue Apology

This choir slows down an apology to Indigenous Australians 250x, the approximate ratio of Indigenous to European presence in Australia. Singing the soundwave, they make their contribution to the reconciliation effort in Australia.

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In this electro-acoustic piece, Rob Davidson, the composer, applies a microscope to sound. Using the words “we apologise” from then-Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s historic 2008 apology to aboriginal Australians for past mistreatment, Davidson creates a beautiful soundscape by slowing the audio down by 250 times, the approximate ratio of Indigenous to European presence in Australia. They use their voices to imitate this slow version. They then sped up the recording 250 times to see if they could hear Kevin Rudd’s voice re-emerge.

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