Langham Research Centre
Rob Godman sound design
Varèse/Le Corbusier Poème électronique 9’ (© Casa Ricordi s.r.l., Milan)
Arlene Sierra/Maya Deren Ritual in Transfigured Time (premiere) 15’
Kathy Hinde/Solveig Settemsdal Singularity (premiere) 8’
Harvey Ricercare una melodia 7’
Tristan Murail Les Ruines Circulaires 6’
Langham Research Centre Muffled Cyphers 15’
What happens when technology becomes obsolete? This concert takes sounds and images from the 1940s, technologies developed in the 1950s, and the unique sonorities of salvaged objects like the innards of old toy pianos, and journeys through the improbable soundscapes of the past century. With new works from Arlene Sierra and Kathy Hinde, the ensembles explore the ‘newness’ of the old and the strangeness of our technological archeology.
Zubin Kanga’s Dark Twin M12 Dave Maric’s Vigil M14 Radiophonic Ritual M15 Will Gregory’s Moog Ensemble M17 Moments of Weightlessness M19 Clare Hammond’s cinematic piano M20 Vexations M40 Christina McMaster’s Multimedia Satie M42
Keyboard Inventions – with its nod towards J.S. Bach’s works of the same name – celebrates Satie’s legacy as the trailblazer, the architect of change in the way the piano has been played and written for since his own lifetime. Whether it’s the minimalist piano, the ‘prepared’ piano, the piano’s role in multimedia explorations or the wider bounds of ‘conceptual art’, Satie was there at the beginning.
This Cheltenham focus not only showcases the widest possible range of Satie’s own output; his multimedia influence is brought right up to date with avatars, synths, animation, wearable tech, new scores for old films and an inside-out pendulum piano.
Parabola Arts Centre is located in a Grade II listed building in the glamorous Montpellier district of Cheltenham. The centre was built as a facility for students of Cheltenham Ladies’ College and to be used as a public arts centre by the local community.
The original, listed Bayshill House was transformed into a gallery, bar and foyer area. The villa also houses all the rehearsal spaces, offices, video editing suite, dance studio and library. This means that the regular activity of the building takes place in the light, beautifully restored listed building.
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