Ten Tors orchestra to play Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival at Plymouth University
WHEN American experimental composer John Cage wrote his 4'33" back in 1952, some commentators not surprisingly voiced their concerns over this piece of music which consisted solely of complete silence.
Others, however, saw it as a revelation in music-by-chance – where the sounds actually heard are those which surround the listener on each and every occasion.
Irrespective of which camp you support, there should certainly be something to interest you when Sensing Memory, this year's Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival, opens on Friday, February 24, and concludes on the Sunday, co-directed by Peninsula Arts director of music Simon Ible, and Eduardo Miranda, professor of computer music at Plymouth University's Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music.
Simon commented: "At the heart of the weekend is the Ten Tors Orchestra concert on Saturday, February 25, in Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building, at 7.30pm. This will premiere new works which investigate all kinds of mind-play and memory, the main focus being Eduardo Miranda's Symphony of Minds Listening, which involves a musical demonstration of how the brain constructs reality.
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"Three volunteers underwent brain scans as they listened to the second movement of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony. The original orchestral score was then re-structured as a result of their various responses, and will be performed to the accompaniment of a film showing the volunteers' measured brain activity."
There are also festival premieres from Plymouth University associate-composers Will McNicol (guitar) and Ignacio Brasa (piano), and new this year is the inclusion of the Algoshorts film festival featuring Alexis Kirke's audience-interactive piece Many Worlds. Memoria Technica is a new work for string quartet and electronics from TV and film-composer Matthew Slater, plus there is the launch of the new jazz-improvising group The Nameless, headed by saxophonist Steve Buckley.