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Whistle concert

Beresford, Steve and Newman, Hayley (2002) Whistle concert. , 05 Sep 2002, IKON Gallery, Birmingham.

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Abstract

Composition and performance with Hayley Newman. Whistle Concert consists of a live composition and performance at the IKON Gallery. Birmingham. It is a collaboration with Hayley Newman. Both composers explored and applied pre-structuring principles to improvised musical performance in performance art. This performance is an exploration of 'liveness'. Both ‘performers’ are aware of the performative canon, but they do not try to establish a single relationship with it, but rather focus on broader music-specific decisions about music, control and freedom. Research for the work involved a day of experimentation at the J. Hudson & Co. whistle company with a range of Acme whistles. Beresford and Newman researched how broad decisions about group forces and large-scale formal structure exemplify control; while the licence to play while listening to other group members, or to ignore them, critiques this force. These pre-structuring principles are applied to all parameters of the performance, except the micro-content of the performance (pitch, rhythm, timbre, dynamics, orchestration) itself. Whistle Concert is part of a series of live compositions and performance by Beresford that address key questions within contemporary musicology. Key questions include the limits of control within composition, performance and the listening audience; the discovery of the extraordinary in the ordinary; and the structuring processes of unpredictability. Related works include the performance art project 'Table Piece – Make sounds with a table' – for an exhibition at Bristol’s Arnolfini Gallery, curated by David Toop. Beresford’s work as improviser, composer and performer was profiled in The Wire (April 2002, May 2005).

Item Type:Performance
Research Community:University of Westminster > Media, Arts and Design, School of
ID Code:4807
Deposited On:07 May 2008 15:30
Last Modified:08 Jun 2010 10:39

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