Ecological thinking, beyond the conventional understanding of environment, asks us to consider new ways of imagining how we conceive of and consider the world. The SPARC Symposium 2019 considers this shift in thinking through the lens of sound practice from a variety of perspectives from artists and theorists who consider how to respond to this moment of crisis.
While the social aspects of music-making are well-documented, the sociality of sound is less often discussed in detail. The SPARC Symposium 2018 brought practitioners and researchers from a wide variety of musical and non-musical backgrounds for two days of spoken presentations, discussion, installation, film screenings and performances.
The discourse around touch and the tactile has been growing in recent years. Within music, this conversation is mainly dominated by the integration of haptics with sound technology and the way in which music ‘touches’ us emotionally. The SPARC Symposium 2017 explored the deeply embodied experience that is hearing and listening and add to this ever growing field of practice and research.
The Singing Bridge, by Claudia Molitor, is a musical response to Waterloo Bridge and its history as well as the wider concept of ‘the bridge’: a structure which is shaped by the landscape it crosses and which simultaneously tames this landscape, to make its terrain navigable for us.
Hidden in Plain Sight, by Aaron Einbond, is a site-specific ambient chamber opera which was performed in the streets of Aix-en-Provence.
making one leaf transparent and then another, by Newton Armstrong, is concerned with an investigation into the unique spectromorphological characteristics of distinctive piano sonorities, and with the development of structuring process that follow from the 'interiors' of sonic events.
Walls on Walls, by Laurie Nouchka and Tullis Rennie, celebrates the rich history and evolving identity of specific communities and their relationships with their local environment. The artistic collaboration creates individual works which reflect how the old and the new co-exist in the neighbourhoods we live and work.
Sonorama, by Claudia Molitor, is an audio work for the train journey between London St Pancras and Margate, which includes new compositions, spoken word and archival sounds relating to different points, areas and histories of the line. Sonorama is downloadable as an App.
Carioca Sound Stories, by Tullis Rennie, interweaves field recordings, memories and music collected during April and May 2014, which were spent living in Rio de Janeiro and working in the Complexo da Maré favela. A simultaneous translation of what it was like to be there and thoughts occurring with hindsight, giving an outsider’s perspective from deep inside the city.
Morriña, by Miguel Mera (compose/director), with Bruno Mathez (Filmmaker) and Tony Thatcher (Choreography) is an audiovisual dance piece that explores relationships between music and bodily movement, examines how communities hold onto perceptions of particular identities, and considers how memory and nostalgia are distorted over time.