The Instrument of Troubled Dreams

24 Nov 2018 – 29 Apr 2019

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open daily 10.00 – 18.00, Sundays 13.00 – 17.30

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A raven flies through the space; a lone rower navigates amongst the pillars in the flooded Church; a boat overflowing with people is hit by a storm off the coast; Sweelinck composes in the organist’s loft; a wave of bombers passes overhead; the police search a small apartment, a Ferris wheel floats past on a barge.  Sounds wash over the viewer, and the past, present, and future intermingle, tempered by the soaring presence of the oldest building in Amsterdam.

The Oude Kerk is pleased to present the world premiere of The Instrument of Troubled Dreams, an installation by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller. From 24 November – 29 April you are invited to play the keyboard of a 60’s Mellotron** in the choir of the Oude Kerk. Each of the 72 keys has been programmed to playback a different sound effect, vocal track, or musical part; so you can compose your own film-like sound track, played back in full spherical surround sound over 28 speakers.

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Jacqueline Grandjean

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George Bures Miller

Janet Cardiff


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