Finding Musicality in Real Life
Scoring The Laramie Project@taraliane
by Tara Litvack
by Tara Litvack
The Laramie Project has always been a powerful piece for me. It will always strike a chord in people, but having lived in Colorado as a child, and having visited Wyoming several times there was always a sense of closeness to this piece. I knew what the environment was like out there and I think it was the most integral part of the music. I wanted to capture the feeling of isolation, calmness, warmth, that either contrasted or enhanced the horrific acts that took place against Matthew Shepard. There's a certain expanse of the sky there. And a certain temperature in the wind. The colour palette of your environment is very different. It can be rich and green near the mountains or dusty and beige away from the mountains. But most of all there is a sense of aloneness, slightly different than isolation because it can have an overwhelming quality to it. It's very striking to think of someone being left for dead on a road anywhere but on top of it where it feels like there is no one around to hear or see you cry for help. That whole concept was the first step to my process.
Since I don't record that much and for this particular project had a very small budget, I recorded it at home. What turned out to be lack of resources actually turned out for the better. The recorder picked up outside noise of cars passing by on the street, which in the end I thought was perfect. Because that was the scene. A young man left for dead on the road with cars passing by.