HUNTER S. THOMPSON’S DAILY ROUTINE. (2021) is a short work for amplified narrator and large ensemble, written for Orkest de Ereprijs as part of the
27th International Young Composers Meeting 2021.
Hunter S. Thompson (1937 – 2005) was an American journalist and author best known for his book, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1971), and as the founder
of gonzo journalism; a style of journalism that is written without claims of objectivity, often including the reporter as part of the story through a first-person
narrative. He was also known for his excessive use of alcohol and illegal narcotics, his passion for firearms, and his contempt for authoritarianism. In 2005,
following a series of health problems, Hunter died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 67.
The text used in this piece is taken – with permission – from the biography, Hunter: The Strange and Savage Life of Hunter S. Thompson (1993) by E. Jean Carroll,
which begins with an outline of his daily routine.
This piece comprises several layers of activity, each representing an aspect of this routine; the organised, the impulsive, and the spontaneous.