Posts Tagged ‘pippa murphy’

Torque

Monday, March 18th, 2013

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I’ve been in Glasgow working on a new dance performance called Torque which opened at the Platform Theatre on 13th and 14th March. The work is a new interdisciplinary dance and music piece devised by dancers, musicians and scientists using ideas from renewable energy, inclusive dance and sonic arts. It is  a collaboration produced by Paragon with composer Pippa Murphy, choreographer Caroline Bowditch and engineer Calum Cossar. Through music and dance, the piece explores the conversion of energy from wind power via wind turbines to electricity.

Pippa Murphy worked with Paragon musicians to record a musical score to which I added a live element of found sounds and electronics. The work received a favourable 4 star  preview by Mary Brennan of the Herald.

The project included a series of school workshops and interactive performances with the cast designed to promote understanding of energy conversion in S1/2 pupils.

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Resonate The Minotaur – New Year Games

Monday, February 6th, 2012

I enjoyed a musical start to the New Year with a 3 hour laptop performance of Pippa Murphy‘s new piece Labyrinth in St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh. The event, held on January 1st, was part of The New Year Games, a continuation of Edinburgh’s famous Hogmanay celebrations. Pippa had composed music for 4 voices and soundscape material that I performed live from laptop as an accompaniment to the game being played in the cathedral.

Pippa worked with game designers Hide & Seek to create a game called Resonate The Minotaur. The members of the public had to negotiate the labyrinth whilst trying to avoid being seen moving by the Minotaur. If they successfully made it to the centre of the labyrinth they had to try and snatch a ribbon from the Minotaur. This was one of four games that the public played in order to collect tokens for their team. The event ended with a final team game in the Grassmarket where the winners were announced.

This short film gives a flavour of the event. It was filmed by Ian McCormick and I did the edit.

Resonate The Minotaur from Iain Armstrong on Vimeo.