Super Critical Mass - Sounds of Spitalfields

Friday 8 June, 12.30pm - 2.00pm
Spitalfields E1
Produced by: 
Spitalfields Music

Sounds of Spitalfields

To launch the Spitalfields Music Summer Festival, multiple brass musicians will transform the market into an immersive, ambient sound cloud - through the Australian sonic arts project Super Critical Mass.

SUPER CRITICAL MASS (SCM) is a sonic arts company that brings together ‘masses’ of musicians playing identical instruments, spatialised within public places. The results are immersive and meditative performance-installations that articulate both instrument and architecture, within which audiences can freely move about or sit and absorb. SCM is thus a contemporary take on a number of traditions including the orchestra, homogenous ensembles, sound installation, community arts, and public art practice.

SUPER CRITICAL MASS is directed by Julian Day, Janet McKay and Luke Jaaniste, who met whilst studying at the Queensland Conservatorium in the late 1990s.

Excerpts from SUB MASS 1: Critical Mass
September 2008, Sydney

Get Involved in Sounds of Spitalfields - Call for TUBA and EUPHONIUM players

Sounds of Spitalfields is an open call for tuba and euphonium players to take part in Super Critical Mass in Spitalfields Market on Friday 8 June 2012 at 12.30pm.

We are looking for as many tuba and euphonium players that we can find, in order to transform the market place into an immersive and meditative performance installation.

Super Critical Mass (SCM) is a sonic arts company that bring together ‘masses’ of musicians playing identical instruments, spatialised within public places. Australian based, they have taken the performance project around the world, to places including the boating lake in Central Park, New York! This will be the London premiere.

To create the masses, Super Critical Mass works with simple, memorisable algorithms for generating sonic-spatial patterns - which are communicated to performers as verbal instructions. These algorithms will be actively tuned to the particularities of the architecture, instruments and presentational context in the market, with algorithm variables adapted on-the-fly during the performer workshops. The typical paraphernalia of musical performance is removed (there is no conductor, scores or stands) ensuring the connection between performers, sounds, space and audience is as direct and rich as possible. Just as important, such simplicity means that performers of various backgrounds, ages and skill levels can come together and create work of depth and nuance—from young performers to world-class professionals.

Prior to the performance date, there will be a performer workshop on Wednesday 6 June from 6 – 9pm in Shoreditch Church. To take part in the performance, you will need to attend this workshop. At this session you will meet everybody involved, be introduced to the project and how it works, and work with SCM artists Julian Day, Luke Jaaniste and workshop leader/tuba player Tim Davy to develop the material to be performed at the event two days later.

There is no fee available for taking part, but if you will require reimbursement of travel expenses this can be arranged with prior discussion. It promises to be a very memorable and unique experience and lots of fun, as well as a great way to meet lots of fellow tuba and euphonium players.

If you are interested in taking part, please get in touch with Ellie at or call 020 7377 0287

Please do also spread the word to any other tuba or euphonium players you know!



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