summer 1: insects is the second in a five-part series of durational (two-hour) performance installations, based on the seasons. The soundscape of summer 1 is inspired by insect stimuli and agreements that create clouds of sound that emerge, grow, move, diminish and shift on a non-human timescale around and within the audience. The overall effect is a calm yet surprising sonic atmosphere. The durational aspect of the work and the rate at which changes occur pleasantly alter perceptions. The pace of time becomes vast, fluid and organic.
The Long Tone Choir is a manifold project based on the cornerstones of listening, breathing, mindfulness, and responsive sounding. Founded by Rae Diamond in 2013, it is a path of personal and communal exploration, consisting of local and national communities of singers and a growing body of composition-meditations scored in English text. These texts are easy to learn, yet result in complex, organic evolutions of sound-art. Our repertoire creates biotic and centripetal developments of sound, time and perception by using the inherently irregular tempo of breath as the musical pulse, playing within the harmonic series with specific pitches, vowels and vocal manipulations, and traversing the ragged edges of harmonic adventure through aleatory methods.
About the HUSH Series
The HUSH Series, created by Center for New Music curator Julia Ogrydziak, explores sound as meditation. We feature artists and works which suspend us in time. Giving us a space and a moment to breathe in a hectic world.