Dhvani (1996)

for 2-channel audio.
by Hildegard Westerkamp
Premiere: November 10, 1996, Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Length: 3:10

A sonic gift from another place for the occasion of Vancouver New Music's 25th anniversary celebration. A sonic snapshot of India, a sonic moment of Indian life. Dhvani is a Hindi word for sound. "In this Universe, there is no form of knowledge which is not perceived through sound; all this Universe is but the result of sound."(Vakyapadiya 1.124) Initially, Dhvani was perceived as a short composition in its own right. More recently, I often choose to play it as the introductory piece for my performance piece India Sound Journal.