SARC and the hearing experience
Few places free your mind like SARC. Open today for a lunchtime performance by Frances-Marie Uitti for a blistering bewildering controlled journey in Cello polyphonics we were treated to this composers playing of a new works, one with accompaniment of Franziska Schroeder of SARC came a wonderful excursion through the places they have explored in experimental music. On Cello the first piece was a setting of a work by Jonathan Harvey (1982) Curve with Plateau. It at first sounded delivered straight from the Cello without monitors. Then it became clear it opened up in binary speakers. Taking in high straining notes symbolic of a curve it dropped and interweaves as a duet of sound like it was lineage of controlled nature in balance and fraught with counterpoint. It challenges and transports then coheres as a watery path of sound in this auditorium a special rarely found and simply absorbed warm and breathy work.
Next came what is a piece by FM Uitti, an excerpt from Utopia (2015). Built on classical lines it is a twisting resurgence of fine percussive beats and primitive rhythms played as Cello in counter sometimes double bowed mellow bass like Cello as another contest of vibes. This time it’s considered, notes inform, as East : West with no complacency or stopping. Machine sounds from F M U’s library of sound embrace the stifling proximity of intransigence with overtures to power held and thrust as dictates or trampled on as put down. It too became a piece of remarkable playing in this auditorium. I compared it to Drum and Bass with effects at a level taking in primitive basic sounds and echo was only in use as a spatial quality transporting listeners to a desolate and machine dominant sphere. Samples prove to be a good tool with them in use not as stand alone found audio but as here used in overlayers and undershaping sounds. The tomes of City etc. as literal devices have little use as these sounds cmbinecas unique and unheard sounds oblivious to our connection with those words. The simple thing it projects is to a Utopia which we cannot see but might hear.
The final piece was the collaborative piece was reminiscent of when I heard Jan Garberek and The Hilliard Ensemble perform in close proximity. JB was about a meter away when he began the concert and this time no tenor, counter tenor, or contralto but a fusion of ‘bird’ talk’ between two instruments. The Cello and Saxaphone.
If more info is wanted follow improvasionalresearch.com and the SARC site where the binary headphone experience is to be mixed and put up for a representation of the above through Sonic Performance spaces 34 speakers. That will be entirely different form the performance but a huge almost surreal transmission of it. sarc.qub.ac.uk events will find you in the place.
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12 October 2017
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