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Compositions for Involuntary Strings

“executed beautifully both from a visual and aural standpoint, with the flow of seismic activity”
Resonate Magazine

Compositions for Involuntary Strings [UK Premiere]


Are the musicians in the ensemble playing – or being played?

Davies wires herself and her players to an electronic muscle stimulation system which triggers strange, paroxysmal movements via electrical impulses. She creates compositions which define the minute muscle movements involved in performing pieces of music and transmits this data back to her players via MIDI. For this concert she presents one purely involuntary composition, two co-composed works (with Jim Sclavunos and Kyle Sanna) which also include voluntary players.

A post-show talk follows the performance.

Michaela Davies is Sonica’s 2013 Artist in Residence. Davies maintains a multi-disciplinary art practice across installation, sculpture, sound, performance and video. Also a doctor of psychology, her work is informed by an interest in the role of psychological and physical agency in creative processes, and how obstruction can change the trajectory of development.

Supported by the Australian Council for the Arts.

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