I am in the process of composing and editing a "protest" piece that highlights issues in current discussions against the Thirty Meter Telescope. In this composition, I am utilizing virtual instruments, recorded acoustic instrument audio, recorded rally audio, and Creative Commons 0 public domain audio files to create a blending and clashing of music styles. The aesthetics I am attempting to capture are those of very synthesizer heavy ambient and electronic music, the acoustic texture of Hawaiian kahiko (ancient) hula and music, and the Western style, harmony-heavy modern textures of Hawaiian music today (not island/reggae).
I will be showcasing this piece at the end of May/start of June, along with a video that may provide more context and direction to the piece.
I am hoping to accompany these pieces with a research paper, detailing some of the information I have come across in my research and the ideas that I've developed and grappled with as I move forward in my work.
(1) Ocean texture to invoke the idea of the Hawaiian archipelago, and the Polynesian voyagers who first settled these islands. --Navigation using the stars is an important topic to touch upon in this section (aurally and visually), because there are arguments that support and stand against the TMT, which use the astronomical skills and history of Hawaiians as a basis. --Upper register, tinny and reverberant bells should "twinkle" in bursts --Harmonic motion can come after each star burst, as direction would have been adjusted after consulting position under the stars --Percussion sounds of the 'ulī'ulī can blend and part from the wave/ocean audio.
(2) The voyagers became stewards of the land and sea - trying to find equilibrium in a cycle of giving and taking from the land - Ua mau ke ea o ka 'āina i ka pono = The life of the land is preserved in righteousness. --It is important to introduce voices early on in the piece so that use of rally audio is not too jarring later in the piece.
"Temple Under Siege" http://oiwi.tv/oiwitv/mauna-kea-temple-under-siege/
2014 Trailer for 'Ike: Wisdom to Whisper, https://vimeo.com/95314125
Interesting overview on Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/13/hawaii-telescope-protests-tmt-mauna-kea_n_7044164.html
Helpful footage: https://vimeo.com/34264320
Very little helpful footage: https://vimeo.com/28217520
Nice video on Pacific, polynesian voyaging history https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghojMWv5AZA
Archival ship + ocean + island Hawaii footage (Must contact Penn Museum Archives for permission to use this in anyway). (1) https://archive.org/details/upenn-f16-0415_1930_Pacific_Ocean_Voyage (2) https://archive.org/details/upenn-f16-0497_1930_Honolulu