This Saturday, 24 November, St. Anne's Church in Shandon, Cork is the place to be for SONIC VIGIL 7, six hours of music and sound experimentation beginning at 3pm. Presented by the Guesthouse and curated by Mick O'Shea and Danny McCarthy, this year's festival highlights the Quiet Music Ensemble, who have commissioned a number of new pieces especially for the event. One of these, "Agentia", is by yours truly. Other guests include Karen Power, Paul Hegarty, Tony Langlois, Harry Moore & Katie O'Looney... a cornucopia of Ireland's finest. (See the poster for all the rest.)
"Agentia" is a commission for the Quiet Music Ensemble. The piece has no score, but instead presents the musicians with a series of field recordings that document various natural and built environments (including electromagnetic radiation). The performers improvise within these sonic environments, adopting strategies common to biotic and abiotic agents within an ecosystem: signalling, camouflage, mimicry, adaptation, and augmentation. The aim is to create a shifting milieu of interacting agents that will illustrate certain dependencies in our audio milieu.
The Quiet Music Ensemble is Dan Bodwell (double bass), Ilse De Ziah (cello), John Godfrey (electric guitar), Sean Mac Erlaine (clarinet), Roddy O'Keeffe (trombone). With Robin Parmar (EMS Synthi AKS emulation).
I look forward to the lovely acoustic of St. Anne's Church, home of the famous Shandon Bells. You know the church even if you don't recognise the name, since it's the clock tower on the north side of the river. In fact David Stalling has composed a new piece for the bells, to conclude the evening.
The whole day is only a fiver, which is quite a deal for the sonic event of the year!