- Sat, Feb 24, 2018 10:00 PM
46 New Briggate
Latitude: 53.8, Longitude: -1.54132
Doors open 19.00. For complimentary student tickets please email Alice.Parsons@operanorth.co.uk. Samuel Hertz www.samhertzsound.com> presents his new work: GUNSLINGER for two elektrik guitars, and a helping hand or two What if watching a ice sheet melt was as dramatic as watching on of them old-style-wild-west shootouts? And what if the consequences were the same? In GUNSLINGER, freshly melted water from a cliff-side ice sheet is expanded to fill the wide ambience of a Western film soundtrack. Each impact becomes its own dramatic re-telling stretched out in time, and its resonances ripple outward in the wide prairie. Meanwhile, one or two folks try to clean up the mess. Samuel Hertz is a sound artist and researcher, and currently artist-in-residence at The Tetley. As the winner of the 2017 DARE Prize (Opera North/University of Leeds), he is engaged in a year-long research project on environmental sound in collaboration with geographers, climate scientists, music psychologists, and paranormal investigators. During this project, he has presented work at the National Science + Media Museum (Bradford, UK), presented research and various conferences and universities including University of Leeds, Lancaster University, Drexel University Anthropocene Campus, Ohio University, Beloit College, and University of Westminster, held residencies at Visby International Centre for Composers (Visby, SE), Elektronmusikstudion (Stockholm, SE) as well as presented public talks and performances. He is a frequent collaborator with, and has published material for, geographers at the Centre for GeoHumanities (Royal Holloway University of London) and Studio Tomas Saraceno (Berlin, DE). -- Scott McLaughlin’s www.lutins.co.uk> new work Fragility explores materiality of sounds and the materiality of climate changes, both as fragile systems. The piece mixes live performance and an electronic part that sonifies climate change data from the west African nation of Burkina Faso: the data shows both historical temperature and rainfall and projected future data (modelled on the effect of current and projected carbon levels). Because Burkina Faso is in the Sahel region, it has a history of seasonal drought and flooding that is now dangerously destabilised and accelerated by climate change, presenting a critical threat to human survival in the area. Fragility places this sonified data alongside specific clarinet multiphonics (complex and delicate chords) that are only stable under the right conditions of breath pressure and embouchure control; outside this range they begin to crack, squeal, and distort. The electronic part is based on the sound of the multiphonics but is slowly distorted as the climate data moves out of the stable range, while the musicians attempt to keep pace with the changing data. The piece is written in collaboration with researchers from the Priestley International Centre for Climate Change, at the University of Leeds. Scott Mc Laughlin is a composer and free-improviser (cello, live electronics) based in Huddersfield, UK. Born in Ireland (Co. Clare) in 1975, he wanted to be a scientist but instead spent his early 20s playing guitar in art-indie bands between Galway and Belfast. Slowly he discovered more experimental non-pop musics, leading to a foundation course and subsequent BMus degree in music at the University of Ulster at Jordanstown, completed in 2001. Somewhere between that and completing his PhD at the University of Huddersfield in 2009, he reconnected with science via music, with the help of supervisors Pierre Alexandre Tremblay, Bryn Harrison, James Saunders, and Christopher Fox. Currently he teaches composition and music-technology at University of Leeds, and still enjoys reverb-drenched feedback.