Plain, shift, plane
Composition and performance, 2013
Commissioned by Nottingham Contemporary
Composition devised with Jack Harris for an off-site performance produced by Nottingham Contemporary as part for their two-day Curating Sound symposium and event during their exhibition of Geoffrey Farmer's, Let's Make the Water Turn Black. The piece was designed as an antidote to questions of form, structure, agency and purpose and presents constellations of selected sets of pitch clusters and is split between flute and sine tones. John Butcher and Philip Henderson also performed in the Park Tunnel, a "white elephant", designed for transport access into the Park estate, but eventually never used and left, carved out of the Nottingham sandstone.
The specific pitches used in the piece were selected for their individual and combinatorial qualities in the tunnel. Intuitive, focused, rehearsed, influenced, led and responsive decisions made by each performer decide when a pitch is sounded. This is done with the intention of forming unadorned and un-propelled figures which emerge, creating a flat but shifting plane, akin in our minds to the movement of the circadian shift.
"Stripped of melody and rhythm, the tones swayed in the air, shimmering and reverberating against the sandstone, and cutting themselves loose from any discernible sense of place." Read the rest of the Left Lion review here.
For a short film documenting the performance (best listened to rather than watched), click here