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Ambrose Field's Architexture II to be premiered at European Researchers' Night

Posted on 17 September 2015

Architexture II is a new vocal composition by Ambrose Field specially designed to make the most of the acoustics of a ruined building which doesn’t exist today. It’s 20 minutes long, and is a huge monolithic, choral sound-sculpture of industrial proportions.

Architexture II is being performed by the Ebor Singers, with augmented reality acoustics, on 25 September 2015 as part of the European Researchers’ Night event. The performance will be at the Museum Gardens in York, starting between 8.45 and 9.15, depending on ambient light conditions.

Professor Field describes the motivation behind the project:

I’ve always loved reverb and singing. Sitting in huge gothic cathedrals, listening to how voices blend with space. And getting cold too. I wondered what music could be made, with a really accurate knowledge of how historical architecture sounded? What if the acoustic resonance wasn’t just an afterthought – or a by-product of the performance?

Architecture II, is the second in a series of one-singer-to-a-part vocal compositions which are designed to link extremely tightly to the acoustics of specific places.

The work is part of a collaborative research project between the Department of Music, Department of Electronics, and Department of Physics at the University of York.

Find out more at the Architexture II project page at the Contemporary Music Research Centre.