by Micheala Gleave, Amanda Cole and Warren Armstrong
A Galaxy of Suns premiered as the opening event for the 2016 Dark MOFO festival in Hobart, with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Chorus singing the stars live.
The performance event features a 36-part chorus, singing the stars as they rise and set over the horizon. A specifically created version of the app delivers microtonal sonic cues directly to the 36 individual parts, in real-time for the location. Performers are spatially mapped across the performance venue to represent location across the galaxy, with the parts divided according to the ‘pitch’ of each individual star: the slower burning cooler red stars corresponding to the bass notes, and the faster burning hot blue stars corresponding to the upper registers. Sampled tuned percussion accompanies the chorus, with large-scale lighting tracking the progress of the choristers as they sing their way across the sky; the composition building until all 360 degrees of the horizon is represented in sound and light.
A Galaxy of Suns website
A Galaxy of Suns on Radio National
My new piece ‘Lumina’ for recorder duo and coloured light will be premiered at Vivid music by the Recorder Project (Jo Arnott and Alana Blackburn).
Friday the 29th at 9pm in the Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre, Sydney.
Here is a photo of people experiencing the 20-speaker sound installation architect Lindsay Webb and I created called ‘You are Hear’ in the foyer of the Australia Square Building for the Expanded Architecture exhibition. The exhibition was on the 7th of November 2014. More info about the work appears below:
You Are Hear is a work of aural architecture: it is indoor orienteering for the ears. The sonic environment of Australia Square’s tower lobby is microtonally rendered by detailed geometric analysis of the high curvilinear ceiling. 20 discreet, intersecting audio zones corresponding to Seidler/Nervi’s 20 ribbed, radial segments are composed with precise reference to the geometry of the soffit structure, and distributed around the outer edge of the ground-level circuit in a modular array of 20 tuned speakers. The spatial approach is a sensory enactment of subjectivity in architecture. As you move around the circular foyer, you are hearing your precise geolocation within resonating space; tones and rhythms advance and retreat depending on your ambulation; each point sounds like no other spatial point within the foyer; you are here. As a formal experiment in sonic dispersion drawing a direct line from Kandinsky, Bartok, Schoenberg and Xenakis to Steve Reich and Max Neuhaus, You Are Hear works against traditional presentation of musical scores wherein patrons receive a work unfolded in time and anchored in singular space. This work is experienced by exploration. The entire cubic space is zinging and alive1. Each speaker’s unique cluster of tones is temporally variant, phasing to create an ever- evolving performance, and the mobile audience ‘play the gradient’. The piece has the potential for time-without-end, or more accurately time-with-building’s-end. On the cyclic harmonic–temporal– spatial map, you are hear.
I have just completed my interactive microtonal composition “Chameleon” for choir, iPads and computer. Stay ‘tuned’ for more info about its first performance later this year…
Pictured here is my ‘Programmable Light Metronome’ that I will be using to show/perform simultaneous tempos in my new string quartet ‘Ecliptica’. This piece will be performed by The Noise string quartet in Sydney at Cell Block Theatre on October 9th.
My new piece ‘Aether’ for Microtonal Glass Harmonica will be performed at ART BAR at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Friday the 22nd of March, 2013. There will be two performances at 7.30pm and 8.30pm. See link below for more details.
exhAust ensemble (Australian new music in New York city) are performing my Vibraphone Theories piece on April 19th in Brooklyn, New York. http://exhaustmusic.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/sine-syrinx-7-30pm-april-19-2013/
Watch the recent premiere of my percussion quartet ‘Intermetallic’ on my video page of this website. This piece was performed by Synergy Percussion at Casula Powerhouse, May 5th 2012. It features microtonal metallic instruments called Sixxens.
My new work for percussion quartet is being performed by Synergy Percussion as part of the Aurora Festival on Saturday the 5th of May, 7.30pm at Casula Powerhouse.
Come down to the Hardware Gallery, 263 Enmore Rd to see/hear Tactility. Live music performances start at 7pm. Pictured below is a rehearsal of my piece. 01/10/11 – Tactility : Chronology Arts