The June 2nd Movement

Compositeur: Wolf Edwards
Pour alto amplifié, saxophones, guitare, clavecin et électronique

The June 2nd Movement was a West German anarchist direct action group, active from 1971 to 1980. It was named for the date that German activist Benno Ohnesorg was shot by the police (June 2nd 1967). The group used urban guerrilla tactics to attack and expose conservative elements in German society, specifically individuals who had played a role in the Nazi republic and not taken responsibility for their actions. Though this piece may be experienced as a reflection of the era in which we live, the music stands alone as an experiment in sound organization and production. Through amplification, sounds found upon our instruments that would otherwise not be heard - the picking and rustling sounds of the harpsichord, or the scratching of fingers on guitar strings - have been brought to the foreground. This exploration of lost sounds exposes elements of the musical process many are not aware of or choose to ignore, enriching the scope of sonic experience.