Song for Many Paths

Six-channel audio installation. 2 mins. 30 secs.

Screen Shot 2019-08-16 at 4.14.36 PM.png

The song at the heart of this sound piece is an original spiritual invoking the history of American migration. Bouchard recorded the song while walking alone at night through various terrain: tall grass, mud, gravel road, dead leaves. She then layered the recordings together so that the many iterations of the song begin in unison and gradually drift out of sync due to variations in tempo. Landscape and movement supply not only the inspiration for and subject of the song but the backing rhythm as well. With each speaker containing one walk, the installation itself creates its own soundscape within the gallery.