Floral Derrangement

14 – 17 July 2011
Kingsgate Bridge, Durham

‘Floral Derrangement’ is a public sound installation created specifically for BRASS 2011. Sound artist Scanner has taken a recording of the popular piece of music ‘The Floral Dance’, recorded by Brighouse and Rastrick Band in 1977, and processed and stretched it to 130 times its original length.

This languid, epic piece of music creates harmonies that are stretched beyond comprehension with ethereal oceanic effect.

‘Floral Derrangement’ will be presented on the award-winning ARUP designed Kingsgate footbridge, the last bridge Ove Arup designed himself. Completed in 1963, Arup considered this bridge to be his finest work. Kingsgate stands as a striking example of Ove Arup’s vision for ‘total design’ – the seamless integration of engineering and architecture.



Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner is a London based sound artist who traverses the experimental terrain between sound, space, image and form, creating absorbing, multi-layered sound pieces that twist technology in unconventional ways. He is also a lecturer, musician and critic who's focus on exploring the potential for sound based artist practice has been his primary creative driver for almost 30 years.

His long-running alias, Scanner was derived from his ground breaking work Surface Noise, in which he intercepted and captured private mobile phone conversations and police transmissions from a London bus, using them as a real time sound source for his instant compositions.

Over the last two decades Scanner has worked across multiple artistic disciplines, releasing more than 30 CD's both solo and in collaboration, film soundtracking work for Jean Luc Godard's Alphaville and Steve McQueens's film installation Gravesend which featured at the 2007 Venice Biennale, composing music for dance choreographers such as Siobhan Davies, Wayne McGregor and Merce Cunningham, and continuing his role as guitarist with Colin Newman of WIRE in their avant-rock group Githead.


Brass: Durham International Festival

BRASS is a celebration
of a musical culture: the result of imaginative collaborations and
commissions, constantly pushing the boundaries of what brass music is
and can be. This year’s festival boasts more cross-genre collaborations
than ever before.



Visitor Information

Free Entry
Kingsgate Bridge connects Bow Lane to Dunelm House on New Elvet.

Produced by

Commissioned by Sound and Music for Brass: Durham International Festival

In Partnership with

Brass 11

Durham County Council


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