Event: MIDWAY, a new composition by Tom Barnes

Wednesday 4th October
Islington Metal Works
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Sound and Music in partnership with ROLI

MIDWAY is the screening of a new audio-visual composition by Tom Barnes, as the culmination of his Embedded_Innovate residency with leading keyboard manufacturer ROLI

In collaboration with Sound and Music and filmmaker Marco Alessi, MIDWAY features improvisations on the ROLI Seaboard Rise by the residents of Midway House, an unassuming 76-flat council estate in Islington. Tom has recorded sounds indigenous to the building, and asked inhabitants to improvise with them on the Seaboard. As a response, the improvisations have been orchestrated to be performed by a live string quartet accompanying the documentary-style film, alongside interviews Tom held with the participants, forming a series of character portraits documenting various lived experiences of Midway House.

Event details:

Wednesday 4th Oct

Doors from 7pm

Performance starts 8pm

Islington Metal Works / EC1V 1NQ

This event is FREE but booking required, book tickets here >> 

Watch the trailer below! 

MIDWAY addresses the question of who can improvise, and interrogates the reasons for which we consider one musical voice to have more or less value than another. The estate boasts a diverse demographic, from young professionals and students, to council-renting families and elderly inhabitants who moved in in the late 1970s. As London’s deepening gentrification continues, it is important to reflect on how this trend manifests not only in public spaces but in private residential ones as well. MIDWAY takes a snapshot of a morphing community set against the backdrop of the building’s stunning brutalist architecture.

The Grenfell Tower tragedy in June 2017 has shone a light on forgotten communities in increasingly wealthy areas of the capital. As large, ‘exclusive’ tower blocks increasingly appear in the surrounding area, Midway House is a reminder of the close-knit communities that are being torn apart in a changing metropolitan landscape. Part ethnomusicological study, part documentary film, MIDWAY is a socially driven work with an aim of celebrating community building in a city that is set on driving vulnerable communities apart.

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About Tom Barnes

Tom Barnes is a London-based musical director and composer, working in theatre and film. He is studying Composition for Screen at the Royal College of Music, generously supported by the Clifton Parker Award. Tom is also the recipient of a UK BAFTA Scholarship, and is currently mentored by musical supervisor Maggie Rodford of Air Edel Studios.

Tom has collaborated with a number of online filmmakers and has enjoys working across a broad range of genres and styles. Most recently Tom scored short films HACKS (2016) and FRIEND LIKE ME (2016) as part of New Form Digital’s Incubator Series, an online pilot program funded and mentored by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. Tom scored RECURRENCE (2014) by Matthew Amys, which won Best Short Film at 2014 Buffer Festival in Toronto.

Tom is resident composer with Grassroots Theatre Shakespeare, composing for TWELFTH NIGHT (2016) and OTHELLO (2013) at the Leicester Square Theatre. Tom is also resident composer and musical director of Changeling Theatre, most recently for their upcoming 2016 Summer Tour of ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL and SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER. Tom assisted Academy-nominated composer Gary Yershon for THE BROKEN HEART at RADA.

Find out more about Tom here >> 

Read Tom's Q&A on the British Music Collection here >>

About ROLI 

ROLI is a London-based technology company that is creating a more connected music ecosystem. The award-winning Seaboard RISE and Seaboard GRAND are redefining how expressive a musical instrument can be. NOISE, the free music-making app, turns the iPhone into a powerful handheld instrument. New dimensions of musical expression are opening through Equator, ROLI’s groundbreaking sound engine. As the leading C++ framework for audio, JUCE is making music applications run faster in real time. And Blend.io is building a new community for music collaboration by letting artists share their projects on an open social platform. Through hardware, software, and social products, ROLI is making a new chain of tools for contemporary music creation. 

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