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U.S. Soldier Composes Aural Landscapes of Iraq

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U.S. Soldier Composes Aural Landscapes of Iraq

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U.S. Soldier Composes Aural Landscapes of Iraq

U.S. Soldier Composes Aural Landscapes of Iraq

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"If you're in a war... that definitely comes out in your music... it just emanates from you," Thompson says. Courtesy of William Thompson hide caption

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Courtesy of William Thompson

"If you're in a war... that definitely comes out in your music... it just emanates from you," Thompson says.

Courtesy of William Thompson

Sgt. William Thompson IV, a reservist who was deployed in Iraq, is a third-generation jazz musician from New Orleans.

But during his time in combat, he turned to a different musical form: Using his laptop, he records the sounds of war and incorporates them into compositions that he posts online.

Music from Thompson

'Follow Our Leaders'

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'CPFX'

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With the III.IV.I. kolective: 'What Is This Thing Called Love'

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Thompson, who was called up for duty just before he was to graduate from the University of New Orleans, faces a bittersweet homecoming after 18 months in Iraq. Hurricane Katrina's aftermath has posed obstacles to his return.