Aura Satz explores ghostly presence and illusion through performance and sound, often focussed on unusual sonic devices, early musical instruments and automata. This new commission draws on acoustic deceptions and is being developed in dialogue with musician Aleks Kolkowski.
The Soundtrap residency with Beaconsfield is in two parts: the initial research and development period provides time and resources to make a score conceived for public installation and performance in the voluminous Upper Space.
The new work, Glissolalia, will be structured by layering a series of test-tone recordings, a musical saw, a theremin and a barbershop quartet. By drawing on such a range of sound sources, references to classic perceptual illusions will degenerate into a more compositional image to create a new paradox. Orchestrated as a dynamic vortex, the resulting recording will play back as a multi-channel soundtrack installation.
This public face of the project will be kicked-off with a spiral sound performance on 27 June, opening a dialogue between installation and live ensemble.
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