Initially, when asked to choose two words of significance to speak for this project I thought up a few two-dollar words—tessellation, palimpsest, etc.—but I realised that it was the processes that those words represented that interested me, and not the words themselves.
I chose the word marmalade for a three-fold reason. First, it reminds me of an experimental music band that I was a part of during my time in Wales as our name had a variant of marmalade in it. Second, the process of making marmalade is somewhat magical—combining sugar and citrus fruit over heat to make something completely different from either and stable in its own right. Third, it is simply fun to say.
I chose the second word fire because to me it reflects a shift in perspective. I recorded the words in the middle of an Alberta winter—the true temperature outside is as I write this -27ºC and with the added wind chill it feels like -35ºC—for myself and neighbours fire can mean survival. Simultaneously wildfires are burning in Australia laying waste to flora and fauna, leaving a devastated landscape in their wake—for Australians, fire must mean destruction and death.
By shifting the situation and context of the word’s use we are indicating a shift in perspective and that is interesting to me.
- Twila Bakker.
from RANU 1,
released July 9, 2021
Performed by Twila Bakker.
Composed and produced by Steve Gisby.
Artwork by Steve Gisby.