and they threw his singing head into the sea : installation
by Daniel Blinkhorn (2007)
From the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists
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Library shelf no. CD 2090 [Available for loan]
… and they threw his singing head into the
Shards of liquid debris collide with mythology as the head of Orpheus, the father of song, is hurled into
the water, singing of his forsaken beloved …
The head, at sea level throughout much of the work, surveys the horizontal motion of the water
surrounding it. Circling eddies and currents reveal micro‐worlds of dense, amorphous material;
resonant, hermetic, and fragmented …
Occasional imaginings create a fictitious body, enabling the head to rise out of the water, vertically
protruding over the soundscape, glimpsing the horizon, only to be re‐immersed as it continues its
Disembodied, torrents of sound guide the head toward it's eventual resting place, far from Bacchic
Instrumentation: Configurable Multichannel Sound Installation Formats: 5 - 12 Channel Sound Diffusion System Also presented as an audiovisual 5.1 Surround Sound Detail/ Extract of the larger work, in Quicktime + Dolby Digital Formats
Duration: 17 min.
Commission note: Commissioned as act III of the opera 'iOrpheus' - iPod Opera by William Duckworth and Nora Farrell.
First performance: 31 Aug 09. Act III iOrpheus Opera, Southbank precinct, Brisbane
View the documentary about the opera here: http://www.iorpheus.com/
First performance info from Contribute:
Act III iOrpheus Opera, Southbank precinct, Brisbane, Australia - 31/08/09
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