River Channel Music II: Rivers Within One Another

by Jeremy Stewart

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River Channel Music II: Rivers Within One Another

Jeremy Stewart

I. Nechakoh (1:18)
II. Lhtakoh (1:04)
III. Within and Within (1:10)

On the evening of June 4, 2015, I set up my electric guitar equipment at L.C. Gunn Park on the east bank of the Fraser River in
Prince George, British Columbia/Lheidli T’enneh territory, and performed an improvisation entitled “River Channel Music” to
an audience on the opposite bank, at Fort George Park (since renamed Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park).
The audio for River Channel Music II combines several field recordings taken on August 8, 2015—at the north bank of the
Nechako River for parts I and III (53.92784, -122.76563); the west bank of the Fraser River for parts II and III (53.90401,
-122.73343); and from the southwestern point at the confluence of the two rivers for part III (53.91677, -122.72005)—along with
snippets from the recording of River Channel Music in part II (53.9074, -122.73059). Thanks are due to Dave Chokroun for his
assistance with the latter recording. The recordings have been cut, spliced, overlaid, envelope panned and faded, equalized, and
dynamically compressed.
The titles of the first two parts are the traditional Dakelh place names of the sites where the audio was recorded. “Nechakoh”
can be translated “Blackwater people’s river;” “Lhtakoh” means literally “rivers within one another,” an astoundingly beautiful
way of describing the rivers’ confluence, in which it is possible to distinguish the different colours of the two rivers for a long way
downstream.

Jeremy Stewart is a musician and poet. His book Hidden City won the 2014 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry.
Stewart is General Manager of the Prince George Symphony Orchestra, Producer of Casse-Tete: A Festival of Experimental
Music, and Principal of Dreamland School of the Arts.

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released November 6, 2015

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Jeremy Stewart is an award-winning writer, musician, and impresario. He’s also dropped a piano off a building.

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