“Sound Scape” has been a challenge for us but it has been a challenge that has been very satisfying. Both Julia and I have discovered we are a great team and we hope to create other projects together in the future. Our next formal performance will be on Thursday February 23rd at around 7 p.m. at Manchester Art Gallery as part of their “Thursday Lates” programme which promises to be completely different again because the atrium, between the old and the new building, has a balcony – so visually it will be completely different as well as the performance. We are also hoping to arrange further performances of it and would love to take it abroad as part of an Art in Nature Symposium in the future
The World Premiere of our project was Sunday 18th September 2016 – it was very exciting to finally bring “Sound Scape” 2016 to life with the help of KEMS Contemporary who have been on this journey with Lorna and me from the beginning. It was very moving to hear the points of stillness and quietness which kept emerging from the texture. The audience enjoyed the performance and were curious about how the piece was constructed – they asked lots of questions, so perhaps we need to build some time for an introductory talk next time. Just looking forward to our next performance at Manchester Art Gallery.
Constructing and composing this piece has made me work and think in different ways about the role of the composer and the control he/she has over the processes involved in the performance of a piece of music as “Sound Scape” will always be different every time it is performed!