They’re Trying to Save Themselves

Darren Copeland

They’re Trying to Save Themselves was commissioned for a commemorative radio broadcast of the first anniversary of 9/11. The sounds are all taken from an eyewitness account aired on CNN immediately following the tragedy. The spoken words undergo a number of textural metamorphoses in the piece that evoke different sound images relating to the events of September 11th, such as low-flying aircraft, panicking voices, and other sonorities.

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They’re Trying to Save Themselves was realized in 2002 at the composer’s studio and premiered on September 11, 2002 on CBC Radio One. The piece was commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) for the commemorative broadcast “Loss and Legacy.”

Premiere

  • September 11, 2002, Loss and Legacy, Radio One — CBC, Canada

Details

fixed medium

Calendar

Broadcasts

Date Work Program
Date inconnue Darren Copeland, They’re Trying to Save Themselves (2002), 3:53 Délire actuel / CFLX 95.5 FM (Canada)
March 3, 2007 Darren Copeland, They’re Trying to Save Themselves (2002), 3:53 Onda Sonora (Spain)
March 17, 2007 Darren Copeland, They’re Trying to Save Themselves (2002), 3:53 WDBX: It’s Too Damn Early (USA)
March 31, 2007 Darren Copeland, They’re Trying to Save Themselves (2002), 3:53 WDBX: It’s Too Damn Early (USA)
June 3, 2007 Darren Copeland, They’re Trying to Save Themselves (2002), 3:53 Outsight (USA)
October 23, 2007 Darren Copeland, They’re Trying to Save Themselves (2002), 3:53 Folio / NPS Radio 4 (Netherlands)
September 7, 2008 Darren Copeland, They’re Trying to Save Themselves (2002), 3:53 Martian Gardens / WMUA 91.1 FM (USA)
July 5, 2009 Darren Copeland, They’re Trying to Save Themselves (2002), 3:53 Martian Gardens / WMUA 91.1 FM (USA)
September 9, 2012 Darren Copeland, They’re Trying to Save Themselves (2002), 3:53 Martian Gardens / WMUA 91.1 FM (USA)
September 8, 2013 Darren Copeland, They’re Trying to Save Themselves (2002), 3:53 Martian Gardens / WMUA 91.1 FM (USA)
September 14, 2014 Darren Copeland, They’re Trying to Save Themselves (2002), 3:53 Martian Gardens / WMUA 91.1 FM (USA)
September 5, 2019 Darren Copeland, They’re Trying to Save Themselves (2002), 3:53 Martian Gardens #989 / Global Community Radio Channel 2 (USA)
September 12, 2021 Darren Copeland, They’re Trying to Save Themselves (2002), 3:53 Episode 1077 / Martian Gardens Podcast (USA)