Kits Beach Soundwalk has been performed in Brighton, Cagliari, Darmstadt, Glasgow, Kehl, London, San Francisco, South River, St John’s and Vancouver…
About ten years ago I produced and hosted a radio program on Vancouver Co-operative Radio called Soundwalking, in which I took the listener to different locations in and around the city and explored them acoustically. Kits Beach Soundwalk is a compositional extension of this original idea.
Kitsilano Beach — colloquially called Kits Beach and originally in native Indian language Khahtsahlano — is located in the heart of Vancouver. In the summer it is crowded with a display of “meat salad” and ghetto blasters, indeed light years away from the silence experienced here not so long ago by the native Indians.
The original recording on which this piece is based was made on a calm winter morning, when the quiet lapping of the water and the tiny sounds of barnacles feeding were audible before an acoustic backdrop of the throbbing city. In this soundwalk composition we leave the city behind eventually and explore instead the tiny acoustic realm of barnacles, the world of high frequencies, inner space and dreams.
Kits Beach Soundwalk was realized in 1989 in my own studio Inside the Soundscape and premiered in March, 1989 at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
- March 1989, Hildegard Westerkamp, voice • Concert, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)
March 1989Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)
June 17, 2007Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy)
January 12, 2010Glasgow (Scotland, UK)
March 7, 2012Glasgow (Scotland, UK)
July 27, 2012Darmstadt (Germany)
September 18, 2013Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy)
July 18, 2015South River (Ontario, Canada)
September 26, 2015London (England, UK)
April 29, 2017Kehl (Germany)
January 7, 2018San Francisco (California, USA)
July 10, 2018St John’s (Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada)
January 31, 2020Brighton (England, UK)
|June 6, 2000||Hildegard Westerkamp / Hildegard Westerkamp, Kits Beach Soundwalk (1989)||The Audible Woman / CIUT 89.5 FM (Canada)|
|October 15, 2007||Hildegard Westerkamp / Hildegard Westerkamp, Kits Beach Soundwalk (1989)||Woody / WFMU 91.1 FM (USA)|
|November 14, 2010||Hildegard Westerkamp / Hildegard Westerkamp, Kits Beach Soundwalk (1989)||Martian Gardens / WMUA (USA)|
|February 5, 2016||Hildegard Westerkamp / Hildegard Westerkamp, Kits Beach Soundwalk (1989)||Soundproof / ABC Radio National (Australia)|