“Whistle (for four women),” by Ariane Vielmetter

“Whistle (for four women),” by Ariane Vielmetter

  • Source: Ariane Vielmetter
  • Year: 2014
  • Submitted by: Ariane Vielmetter


The song, “Abendstille Überall”, is based on a german folk tune that was sung to me as a child. It is usually sung in the round by a number of people with different vocal ranges. This whistled version is composed from memory and layered four times in the round to be whistled by four generations of women in my family. Because my idea of these women is based on a combination of memory, fact, and fiction, I have taken on all four roles myself for this recording. The composition is related to a series of drawings and objects that further explore my relationship to these characters.

Resonate-Reverberate-Roar (Re-Re-Roar) is a growing archive of original sounds that express an experimental, independent, and socially progressive spirit.  The sounds on Re-Re-Roar include field recordings, interviews, songs, speeches, experimental music, and more. Re-Re-Roar is a site for activ[ist] listening, with the purpose of distributing sounds of resistance to eager ears around the globe. Visitors are encouraged to add their own sounds of resistance to the archive through the website's submit function.

Re-Re-Roar originated from artist Elana Mann’s collection of sounds of resistance, which she began during the Iraq war in 2007 by recording commuters in Los Angeles and Iraq. The website was incubated during Mann's time as the 2013 Amy M. Sears artist-in-resident at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN, amongst a group of peace activists from the Sisters of St. Joseph Carondelet & Consociates. Re-Re-Roar was designed by Roman Jaster and Nicole Jaffe, with production assistance from Reilo Dahl. For more about Elana Mann visit: elanamann.com