Friday, 3 December 2010

Up the Wall, Chester

Here are some pictures from my recent installation at Up the Wall in Chester. Up the Wall is a site specific, installation and live art festival along Chester’s ancient city walls run by Chester Performs. My installation was a 49-speaker installation called Jericho's Revenge. It was created under the Noise Club name as a site-specific work.

Jericho's Revenge is an interactive sound installation that turns the biblical story of the fall of the Walls of Jericho on its head.  Instead of bringing the walls tumbling down, here, a wall is constructed from the sound of trombones, a viewer-playable, 49 strong orchestra of powerful and dissonant sounds, giving new resonance to an ancient tale.
Jericho's Revenge uses dense harmonic structures to create clouds of sound that are simultaneously static and continuously changing. Musically, the piece pays tribute to the choral music of the Renaissance; in particular, to Thomas Tallis' motet, Spem in Alium, which uses 40 independent vocal lines to create, in places, an intensely powerful wall of sound. The idea in Jericho's Revenge was to use Tallis' techniques within a modern musical idiom.
 The trombonist was Alex Scott, and my assistant on the project was Anthony Thomas.

Photos by Tamsin Drury

Here's a video of the festival as a whole, including my piece.

Up the Wall 2010 from Chester Performs on Vimeo.

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