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Anthem and Icon

Bridges, Brian and McLaughlin, Joe (2016) Anthem and Icon. Thatched Cottage, Craft Village, Derry [Installation]

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Abstract

'An icon inside an icon; one imagined space framed by another; marked by an anniversary.' This site-specific multichannel sound and light installation, co-created with artist and musician Joe McLaughlin (and the second piece in my 1916 centenary triology) is partly a deconstruction of the early 1960s RTÉ broadcast version of the Irish national anthem (as arranged by the Anglo-Irish composer Brian Boydell) and partly an exploration of drone–based experimentalism and intermedia experimentation, with beating microtonal drones causing lasers mounted on speaker cones to trace out movements on various surfaces of a reconstruction of a thatched cottage.The piece was installed in an imitation traditional Irish thatched cottage in the Craft Village, Derry/Londonderry, during the ISSTA International Festival of Sound in the Arts, Science and Technology in September 2016. It takes as one aesthetic point of departure the drone-based immersive installations of New York composer La Monte Young and as another, the more traditional musical gestures of this 1960s orchestral arrangement of the Irish national anthem. The two spaces collide in this reconstructed rural cottage, perhaps imagining an alternative universe in which leading experimental composers and artists from the New York ‘Downtown’ scene decamped to rural Ireland in the 1960s!

Item Type:Installation
Keywords:drone, microtonal, anthem, cottage, icon, 1916 Rising, Decade of Centenaries, sound art, spatial audio, Ireland, Brian Boydell, RTE, Downtown
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of Creative Arts and Technologies
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Arts and Humanities Research Institute > Creative Arts and Technologies
Location:Thatched Cottage, Craft Village, Derry
Installations:
Installation titleInstallation locationStart dateEnd dateDescriptionMediaPublisherURLDimensionsTechnical specification
Anthem and IconThatched Cottage, Craft Village, Derry7 September 20169 September 2016Multichannel audio installation (pressed samples from the 1961 orchestration of the Irish National Anthem as broadcast on RTE radio throughout the 1960s) accompanied by microtonally-offset synthesised drones and an audio-reactive laser display (from green lasers attached to speakers) diffused within a recreation of a traditional Irish thatched cottage, with dry ice within the space to accentuate an effect of visual diffusion.Digital audio (multichannel/multi-speaker), fixed-media, battery-powered green lasers, dry ice, Arduino and motors, processed samples from 1960s RTE version of Irish National Anthem (arrangement B. Boydell), thatched cottageISSTA, Contemporary Music Centrehttp://issta.ie/isstc-2016-derry/UNSPECIFIEDhttp://brianbridges.net/?portfolio=anthem-and-icon-2016
ID Code:38213
Deposited By: Dr Brian Bridges
Deposited On:26 Sep 2017 18:14
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:30

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