In XFRMR, Robbie Thomson harnesses the power of the Tesla coil, the 19th century invention that first made electricity visible. Thomson’s musical accompaniment – a soundtrack played on laptop and synthesiser, by turns melodic and soothing, then pulsing, skittering and searing – strikes visuals from the coil, sending light signals flaring through the Faraday cage that contains it. The grid of the cage displays ever-changing geometries, as light seems to fuse with sound to make synaesthetic patterns, in a unique sensory phenomenon.
A Cryptic commission for Sonica 2016 in association with Cove Park
Premiered 2016 at Sonica, Kings Place, London, followed by performances at EXIT Festival, Maison des Arts et de la Culture de Créteil, Paris; Centro Nacional de las Artes (CENART), Mexico City & Mexican Centre for Music and Sonic Arts (CMMAS), Morelia, Mexico, supported by Anglo Arts; The Substation, (Melbourne Festival), Australia, supported by Made in Scotland’s Onward Touring Fund; Bandung, Surabaya and Yogyakarta, Indonesia as part of British Council’s UK/ID; Culture Station 284, Seoul, South Korea; Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival, Groningen, The Netherlands; the Edinburgh Festival as part of the 2017 Made in Scotland Showcase and Rich Mix, London.