Federico Reuben composition, live electronics, improvisations
Aleks Kolkowski sound devices, materials, improvisations
John Stringer conductor
University of York Students ensemble and singers
Spiritus Telecommunitas explores the intersection between music and telecommunications as it relates to the history of electronic music and sound recording. It recreates and reimagines the sounds produced by Elisha Gray’s Musical Telegraph (1875), Alexander Graham Bell’s early experiments with telephony and sound recording, the Telharmonium of Thaddeus Cahill (1897) and the earliest binaural listening experience through the Theatrophone of Clément Ader (1880). Pioneering radio transmissions are re-enacted, employing wax cylinder phonographs, (as used by Reginald Fessenden (1906); Charles Apgar (1914) and Guglielmo Marconi) and analogous sound devices such as valve sets and moving-iron horn loudspeakers. The piece culminates with a musical celebration of contemporary high-speed telecommunication systems and networks. Here is a brief taster video: https://youtu.be/CLSRntblV0Y
The performance includes historic recordings from the British Library Sound Archive, the BBC and the Science Museum, among other sources; material based on texts and music almost exclusively drawn from contemporary sources, newly recorded onto cylinders and discs and reproduced on period machines; and arrangements, improvisations and live electronics derived from the research and source materials assembled for a large-scale version of the composition, commissioned as part of the Online Orchestra project and premiered in Truro Cathedral, July, 2015.
£12; concessions £10; students £3