"Rien ne se perd, rien ne se gagne"
This composition is a first attempt to create an evocation of the sound scapes enveloping the north of Ituri,
a province in the N-E of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
In july & august 2021 I had the honour of spending 7 weeks with the Okudheyo family in Rokosi, a small village along the road from Aru to Watsa.
With the Okudheyo home in Rokosi as a base, Haldi & I traveled to different places in the
Territories of Aru & Mahagi to collect field recordings & interviews : the Ituri forests & savannahs, scenes of daily life, the Kibali river, a mine in Djalasiga, the shops & bars in Rokosi.
The languages heard in this piece are Kilubara, Lingala & French.
This composition is but a small part of a ongoing collaborative project with Haldi Okudheyo & Rey Sapienz entitled “Contested Soils” (working title), which attempts to investigate & sonify the long-term consequences
of the Belgian colonisation of the DRC (1885-1960) using recorded oral histories, field recording, music
and archival material.
In this composition, I attempted to bring together some of the field recordings to construct a free-form sound-narrative, without the use of interviews, to hear which stories the surrounding environment will tell on its own.
Some of the people whose voices you will hear in this composition :
Haldi, Fatia, Adriko, Alain, the workers of the “Kolwezi” mine in Djalasiga, Grâce, Maliki, Bila, Champion, some of the inhabitants of Rokosi passing by Haldi’s house & many others.
Special thanks to Rey Sapienz & the Okudheyo family
“Rien ne se perd, rien ne se gagne”
5-channels, 96k, 24bit
Recording : July-August 2021
Composition : June-August 2022
Length : 29’45’’