Sound and Music and Apartment House offer an opportunity for two early career artists to create a work for the ensemble engaging with the notion of sound and its possible synthesis with visual media. We're pleased to announce that Ed Perkins and Saskia Moore have been chosen to take part. Over the next year, Ed and Saskia will get to know Apartment House's practice by seeing them on tour, performing at various festivals in the UK and abroad. They will then work closely with the ensemble, taking part in several workshops and rehearsals, and being mentored by Anton Lukoszevieze, to create work for them to perform in Autumn 2012.
About the artists
Ed Perkins is an audiovisual composer and performer based in Norfolk. His work is informed by both current psychological research and historical forms of performance in the visual and sonic arts. Recent works include the live shadow-puppet animation, Wyang Listrik, premiered at Ars Electronica, as well as regular performances with the ensembles From Honey to Ashes and The Raw and The Cooked. He is currently teaching and completing a PhD in composition at the University of East Anglia.
Saskia Moore is a UK born Australian artist traversing theatre, performance, sound and visual art. She is an award winning artist and creative producer having produced and exhibited widely at International Arts Festivals over the past 5 years. "I gather, sample and archive, experiences, objects, and vibrations into collected works in order to elicit shared collective memory. My practice is documentary art and the creative use of actuality."
I will be working with Apartment House to create a suite of live audiovisual works for instruments and electronics. The pieces will be composed using a purpose built computer network that allows the composer to create live video scores for a quartet. The focus is on the performers, using them as both a sonic and visual source to explore behaviour relationships. Each piece will examine aspects of our sensory perception as a method of facilitating communication and engagement between performers and audience.
You can follow Ed's progress on his blog here
Sound is understood to be the last sense present moments before death. I am documenting and transcribing the actual sound experiences people heard when losing or regaining consciousness. The project culminates in a performance, a musical collection of dozens and dozens of first hand recollections of the musical sounds people heard during death.
From the documented collections to date, I have ascertained these sounds like miniature symphonies, lyrical, abstract, and beautiful by its very nature. The repetition and looping of the unconscious symphonies allows audiences to come in and out of this sound world, shifting and changing upon further listening, eliciting new interpretations of the sounds: looping and embedding into the audiences' personal memories.
Presenting this ambitious project will be an extraordinarily collaborative process. These beautiful aurally transcribed real life experiences in sound will be played by Apartment House. It is incredibly exciting to work with Anton and the ensemble and take on inspired, experimental journeys in traditional and abstract instrumentation.
About Apartment House
Apartment House was created by the cellist Anton Lukoszevieze in 1995. Under his Direction it has become a venerable exponent of avant-garde and experimental music from around the World. Apartment House’s performances have included many UK and World premieres of music by a wide variety of composers. The ensemble is of ﬂexible instrumentation, allowing for a vast range of performance possibilities.
Above Image: Courtesy of Anton Lukoszevieze
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