Bjørn Hatterud has created a dense emotive musical soundscape for this new collection of electronic works, an album presented as a humble tribute to 12 transgender women in history.
All the tracks are named after and dedicated to transgender women who died a violent death. The cause of death might be structural violence or social pressure, lack of medical help or wrong treatment—or it might be a result of an act of physical transphobic violence.
Hatterud made this album out of respect for those women who have fought for everyone’s right to be free.
‘November 20th’ refers to the observance date of the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). TDOR was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1999. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence that year and began an important memorial that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. Since then the day has brought attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.
For listeners who enjoy the dark sonic romanticism of Pinkcourtesyphone, The Caretaker, William Basinski, and Biosphere.