This hybrid installation for gallery spaces forms part of The Opium Confessions, an overarching enquiry across different media platforms into the writings of Thomas De Quincey (1785-1859): poet, opium addict, wandering adventurer, genius of the imagination.
Sheet Music explores the potential of electrically conductive inks to transform a piece of graphic design into an electronic component. Printed with silver ink these two posters work as aerials picking up variations in the room’s electromagnetic field caused by gallery visitors. Electronics enclosed in the wall convert these variations to sound, allowing participants to ‘play’ the posters by moving their hands in front of them.
Clare Maclean’s Osanna Mass is performed by The Sydney Chamber Choir, directed by Paul Stanhope. Recorded on location at the chapel at St Scholastica’s, Glebe, in high-definition stereo and 7.1 channel surround. This is one of the projects that I am most proud of. Clare is an extraordinary composer who deserves a higher profile.
The creative aesthetic behind this project is to have a strong intercultural focus featuring Asia-Pacific traditions of Korean samul nori drumming techniques, Filipino kulintang percussion, Japanese shakuhachi ‘moment’ aesthetic and East Asian string techniques (Korea, Japan, China) interacting with contemporary music. The trajectory from modern violin through to Chinese erhu and Korean kayageum techniques interacting within contemporary composition and cutting edge digital technology forms a thread behind this collection. The sound of Asia-Pacific gongs (Korea, China, Philippines) intersecting with modern percussion as an enlargement of the contemporary music tradition in performance and composition is another angle. Finally the use of the techniques of reed membrane and coloured breath from Western clarinet to Japanese shakuhachi exploring the ‘single-note’ aesthetic of East Asia within contemporary composition and improvisation also forms a focus.
Welcome to The Faculty of Dreaming where the brain is haunted ghosts write secret inscriptions on the mind language runs riot thought spreads into wide open spaces and the houseless vagrant walks all night. Someone is out there with murderous intent, but the horrors are all inside. From the writings of the great poet and essayist Thomas De Quincey (1785-1859), GHOST QUARTERS unleashes visions that show us the world as a larger reality, a place of vastness and uncertainty, filled with the changing weathers of the psyche.