BARBICAN AND THE SPACE ANNOUNCE WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMANCE OF LOOP >>60Hz: TRANSMISSIONS FROM THE DRONE ORCHESTRA BARBICAN AND THE SPACE ANNOUNCE WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMANCE OF LOOP >>60Hz: TRANSMISSIONS FROM THE DRONE ORCHESTRA
A BRAND NEW AUDIO-VISUAL COLLABORATION BETWEEN JOHN CALE AND LIAM YOUNG
A BRAND NEW AUDIO-VISUAL COLLABORATION BETWEEN JOHN CALE AND LIAM YOUNG
John Cale & Liam Young
LOOP>>60Hz: Transmissions From The Drone Orchestra
Friday 12 & Saturday 13 September 2014, Barbican Theatre, 8pm
The Barbican Theatre is transformed by a brand new audio-visual collaboration between fearless innovators John Cale and Liam Young.
Musical pioneer John Cale believes so strongly in the power of sound that he once thought it was possible to alter the weather with musical frequencies. Now, for this world premiere performance, he joins forces with speculative architect and technology storyteller Liam Young to re-imagine another, increasingly pervasive, industrial innovation.
LOOP>>60 Hz offers an unprecedented experience as John Cale and his band perform music from across his catalogue, expressly adapted to durational forms, unusual tunings and unorthodox audio delivery. And Liam Young’s collection of drones escape their associations with surveillance and the military, becoming instead choreographed, disembodied instruments which take flight in the auditorium to create a profoundly immersive live music performance.
LOOP>>60 Hz is produced by the Barbican, co-commissioned with The Space and forms part of Digital Revolution.
Accompanying the live performances of LOOP>>60hz is an interactive digital environment, which will be part of the Barbican’s Digital Revolution exhibition and will also be hosted on The Space. Developed by John Cale, Liam Young and digital artists FIELD, this interactive environment is entitled: LOOP>>60Hz: City of Drones and charts the story of a lost drone drifting through an abstract cityscape, and players are invited to pilot a virtual craft and remotely explore this imaginary world. Painting the sky with aerial contrails and buzzing between the buildings the audio visual choreography echoes throughout the online landscape. LOOP>>60Hz: City of Drones is co-commissioned with The Space. Live from Friday 4 July at:
Ruth Mackenzie, Launch Director, The Space said:
“This great project promises a digital revolution on The Space and at the Barbican, one of several co-commissions as we try together to change the history of digital art for audiences and artists.”
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The Space is a free website for artists and audiences to create and explore exciting new art. They commission new talent and great artists from all art forms, creative industries, technical and digital backgrounds, through regular Open Calls and partnerships. Set up by the BBC and the Arts Council England, The Space is a free public space, a not-for-profit public service for artists and audiences around the world. You can view it at www.thespace.org
About John Cale
“a pioneer who refuses to stop innovating” NME
Over the course of a career that began in the 1960s, John Cale has built up a body of work as a musician, singer, songwriter, producer, film composer and visual artist. Cale has been at the vanguard of a myriad of creative disciplines - the artist who began his musical career in a youth orchestra in Wales and wrote his first composition while still at school developed a penchant for avant-garde at a London art college, and was guided to New York by the hand of Aaron Copland and John Cage. He abandoned conventional wisdom, throwing away his classical scholarship and trading it in to contort his beloved viola into what would become his signature sound. An encounter with LaMonte Young set Cale on a new path, cultivating the then-unfamiliar practice of holding a single chord for hours, creating an inexplicable movement and rhythm that was unique to each listener. All of this set the stage for a hugely influential underground career, progressing from the Velvet Underground’s noise-bending attack on rock and roll through a constantly surprising solo career to the truly unclassifiable music he makes today.
Along the way he has explored feedback, white noise, proto-punk, new wave, ambient, noise-pop, electronic, baroque, alternative, drone, experimental, classical and much else besides. And he has made innovations throughout; whether by tuning his instrument to the hum of a refrigerator, or by tucking paperclips into piano strings to augment a tonal scale, his unwavering pressure on technological boundaries has led him to this exciting new frontier. Now, linking up with an innovator in another field like Liam Young, Cale is embarking on one of the most exciting collaborations to date - combining two seemingly disparate disciplines to explore and extend the link between art and technology like never before.
“Drone : a bleak tapestry of unholy noises, searing into the listeners ears and - with any luck - transporting them to a place they'll not want to leave for long while.” John Cale
About Liam Young
Liam Young is a speculative architect who operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures. Trained as an architect in Australia, he has worked for a number of the world’s leading design practices. As technology increasingly became the fundamental driver of urban change Young became frustrated with the slow pace of traditional architecture and set up his own speculative futures think tank, Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today, a collaborative practice, working across science, technology and architecture. To ground his design fiction practice in the realities of present Young has also cofounded the research studio Unknown Fields, an award winning nomadic workshop that travels on annual expeditions to the ends of the earth to investigate emerging trends and uncover the weak signals of possible futures.
Young now manages his time between exploring distant landscapes and prototyping the future worlds he extrapolates from them. He tells stories about the future city using fiction, film and performance as imaginative tools to explore the implications and consequences of emerging technologies and ecological conditions. His projects include Under Tomorrow’s Sky, a science fiction movie set for a fictional future city developed through collaborations with scientists and technologists and most notably Electronic Countermeasures, a swarm of quadcopter drones that drift through the city broadcasting a pirate internet and file sharing hub.
In this collaboration with John Cale, Young’s collection of choreographed drones, typically associated with militarised applications, are repurposed as both disembodied instruments and dynamic audio infrastructure. If Cale’s sonic experiments with refrigerator motors talked to the sound of modernisation then - for Young - the distant rumble of soon-to-be-ubiquitous drone technologies suggests a soundscape for a new generation. Young speculates on how we might imagine the implications of these machines beyond the existing dystopian narratives. LOOP>>60Hz suggests the possibility for a radical reimagining of the drone as a cultural object.
About Digital Revolution
An immersive exhibition of art, design, film, music and videogames
Barbican Centre, London, UK
3 July – 14 September 2014
Media View, Wednesday 2 July 2014, 10am –1pm
Digital Revolution explores and celebrates the transformation of the arts through digital technology since the 1970s. The exhibition brings together for the first time a range of artists, filmmakers, architects, designers, musicians and game developers pushing the boundaries of their fields using digital media. It also looks to the future considering the impact of creative coding, DIY culture, digital communities and the creative possibilities offered by technologies including augmented reality, artificial intelligence, wearable technologies, robotics and 3D printing. Curated by Conrad Bodman, the exhibition includes new commissions from artists Umbrellium (Usman Haque and Nitipak ‘Dot’ Samsen); Universal Everything; will.i.am and artist Yuri Suzuki; and a collaboration with Google in the form of digital art commissions called DevArt, pushing the possibilities of coding as a creative art form, featuring four new gallery commissions, an online inspiration hub and a competition for undiscovered creative coders. It also presents work by Oscar®-winning visual effects (VFX) Supervisor Paul Franklin and his team at Double Negative for Christopher Nolan’s groundbreaking film Inception; artists and performers including Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Chris Milk, Aaron Koblin, Björk, Amon Tobin, and game developers such as Harmonix Music Systems (Dance Central).
For more information please see: barbican.org.uk/digitalrevolutionnews