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Interweave : instrumental sound theatre

by Caroline Wilkins (2002)

Audio Sample

Performance by Jane Chapman from the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists

Selected works by AMC represented artists


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Work Overview

The harpsichord has always appeared to me like a mechanical beast set into motion - a glittering extension of the musical box. As the title suggests, Interweave explores the different acoustic possibilities offered by live and recorded instruments. The process of interlacing various layers of sound recalls images of textiles on a weaving machine, the web of one material being perceived through that of another. In the same way the acoustic placement of each live or pre-recorded sound source within the listening spaces allows one to hear a sound surface emerging through another, according to the fluctuations of foreground and background, and the play of perspective that they engender.

Work Details

Year: 2002

Instrumentation: Harpsichord with pre-recorded material.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Synchronisation with sound diffusion

Dedication note: Pre-recording of material funded by The Bliss Trust.

First performance: by Jane Chapman — 31 Mar 11. Music Dept. University of Liverpool, UK

Revised staged concert version of work with pre-recorded electronics, lighting & choreography.


Interweave by Caroline Wilkins

Interweave (2011) is a work for harpsichord, musical box and pre-recorded material, that also involves choreographed movement and lighting. There are two versions of the piece, one as a staged concert, the other as a concert installation. This clip is from a 1st performance of the former with Jane Chapman, harpsichordist at the Music Department of Liverpool University in 2011.


Performances of this work

31 Mar 11: Music Dept. University of Liverpool, UK. Featuring Jane Chapman.

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