‘Ooit’ is a lengthy electronic piece based on two poems by Willem Hijmans. These poems were selected from the collection of poems called ‘Mijzelf Teveel’ (‘Surplus Myself’), in which Willem Hijmans expressed his inner battle against war trauma. He wrote these poems during his treatment in a psychiatric hospital.
The two poems used in the composition ‘Ooit’ reveal two seemingly completely contrasting aspects of his experience. One is the paralyzing fear that ever keeps asserting itself, even within the safety of a protective environment. The other is an inexplicable sense of existential joy that emerges even from within the hell of trauma.
The first part of the piece is titled ‘Echo’s van angst’ (‘Echo’s of Fear’) and seeks to express the pain of memory and the desire for liberation. It is also a dialogue between an abstract realm of experience and a concrete environment. There is the sounding of echoes from a story that has yet to be told.
In the second part, which is titled ‘Mijn stem’ (‘My Voice’), both poems are recited. The music here evolves from a clear-cut interplay of static drones into a massive, dynamic cloud of sounds. The experiences are voiced, and a new perspective is revealed.
The third part, finally, is titled ‘Zonder tijd’ (‘Without Time’). Several realities exist at the same time here, and it remains unclear whether it refers to the past, the present or the future. The somewhat rough materials used in the first two parts of the piece are transformed into fluid sonic entities with an almost singing-like quality. This final part of the piece expresses the apparently simultaneous existence of liberation and depression.
The poems were recited for this piece by Lucas van der Put and Ludwig Nijholt. The piece was composed in the composer's studio. The environmental sounds that were used in this piece were recorded by the composer in The Netherlands, England, Ireland and Tobago.
The piece is dedicated to Willem Hijmans.
Read the poems