Sound Performance, March 2014
Coventry University, Coventry
‘There’s plenty which could go wrong. I’ve certainly not been involved with a project of this scale or difficulty before. But then we’re going to create something the likes of which has never been done before, so it’s worth the risk.’
— Toby Young, Former BBC Proms Young Composer of the Year
Spemalot! was an abstract interpretation of ‘Spem in Alium’ by Tudor composer Thomas Tallis.
The project was devised by British film and game (‘Shrek’ and ‘Call of Duty’) composer David Buckley and music education providers Armonico Consort. The main reason for my participation in this project was to test my boundaries of conceptual and practical adaptation and theoretical absorption in an unfamiliar to me discipline. As a sound artist I portrayed this event as a great opportunity to challenge a standard portrayal of listening and introduce the use of sound practice. A major influence to this project was a previous remake of the piece by Canadian-born artist Janet Cardiff. ‘The Forty Part Motet’ (2001) was a standalone sound installation consisting out of forty speakers each projecting one voice. The concept and physical values of ‘breathing’ have played a major part in my sonic practice. Due to the ‘breath’ creating a direct link to voice which is present both Taliss’ and Cardiff’s pieces I have decided to use it as a core of my sonic input.
Collaborator: Kirk Hastings