Comments from the Media  
Works on CD A.McCartney's Dissertation

Links to individual reviews:

Transformations CD compositions by Hildegard Westerkamp
produced by empreintes DIGITALes

"Talking Rain" on Harangue I (CD)
produced by Earsay Productions

"Gently Penetrating" on Harangue II (CD)
produced by Earsay Productions


"There was more than just a hint of oracular mysticism in Westerkamp's art. There was a magic in those sounds. It came from our sense of mingled delight and astonishment that such delicacy goes on under our very, very sophisticated noses. Fascinating and absorbing."
Stephen Pedersen, Chronicle-Herald, Halifax

"A magical fusion of sounds."
Globe & Mail, Toronto

"Westerkamp's tape works - which draw on sounds from the environment - are elegantly shaped, often witty, always eloquent. They register not just as created soundworks but as a way of listening to the world - the aural equivalent of a point-of-view."
Susan Mertens, Vancouver Sun

"This composition is as expansive as the desert, intimate as the voice of a single cricket."
Andra McCartney, Musicworks, Toronto
(about CricketVoice)

"Westerkamp creates new possibilities for listening. One can journey with her sound to inner landscapes and find unexplored openings in our sound souls. The experience of her music vibrates the potential for change. Her compositions invite interaction - a chance to awaken to one's own creativity. One can transform through listening as she has. In the music and soundscapes of Westerkamp we feel memory and imagination as we hear through to the future."
Pauline Oliveros,Kingston, N.Y., USA (about CD transformations)

"Westerkamp's music balances a poetics of sound with social commitments that include feminism and environmental politics. Her compositions are critical enactments of acoustic space....All invoke attentive listening."
Donna Zapf, Beiträge zur Neuen Music, Germany

"École Polytechniquetaps into ancient lamenting traditions, with their cathartic and healing functions that historically served both the individual and the community....I am shaken by its evocation of violence....and impressed by the way Westerkamp avoids the traps of literalism or melodrama."
Tamara Bernstein, Herizons

"An evocative score in any context, École Polytechniqueseemed to speak with special poignancy to the Montreallers who witnessed its premiere. In a sense, it spoke for them."
Wilhelm Littler, Toronto Star

"Mere words are inadequate to describe what took place when the symphony began....Waves of sound rolled back and forth across the harbour bringing thousands of downtown office workers to their windows. The Canada geese from Stanley Park were aroused and circled through the boats, honking loudly as they joined in."
Ken Drushka, Harbour and Shipping
) about the Harbour Symphony)

"The sound was like that of a herd of happy elephants caught in a traffic jam."
Globe & Mail, Toronto
(about the Harbour Symphony)