The Escapement

Following the success of Tales of Magical Realism part I and II, The Escapement is the third and final part of the trilogy. Inspired by Cryptic Associate Sven Werner’s film Oculista and featuring music by Graeme Miller, Werner will use his unique techniques to explore the flow of time and invite the audience to enter his worlds of magical realism.

The Escapement is the part of a clock movement which tames the forward hurtling time and dissects it into two parallel worlds.

One world transforms audience members into voyeurs of dreams, witnessing people’s intimate thoughts and desires in an experience reminiscent of Wim Wender’s Wings of Desire.

The other world leads even further, requiring the audience to climb down the partitions of time and settle in the poetry of its very pulse.

Werner’s aim as an artist is to introduce poetic worlds to people, with the intention of bringing them closer to the poetry within their own lives. His background as a filmmaker influences his work significantly. The immersive installations that Sven is currently creating are composed like film scenes that, instead of being limited to the screen by the camera lens, allow interaction from the audience.

He enjoys using miniature models, both in his film and installation work, hoping to provide the atmospheric intensity necessary for the audience to fully enter his envisioned worlds of magic. Sven aims to provide the minimum amount of stimulus required for an illusion to work and leaves dark corners for the imagination to fill, allowing the observer to make each journey personal.

A 2013 Cryptic commission for Sonica.

Lunchbox

Sonica invites you to a cardboard box lunchtime adventure – full of sounds, tastes and smells. A bespoke moment just for you – the solo lunchtime muncher.

Hidden behind treats and sweets a performance unfolds in the most unlikely of places. A series of unique lunchbox performances created by multidisciplinary artist and Cryptic Associate Director Josh Armstrong.

Josh aims to present multi-disciplinary art that is exciting and accessible to a wide, varying demographic. He creates experiences with high aesthetic quality that present an alternate reality to the spectators, giving them space to explore the world through another’s lens. His art practice strives to create visually stunning work that actively engages the audience’s imagination.

Josh uses performance as a tool to mature and refresh the art practices of his participating artists. His work continues to research and develop the field of performance study, for the growth of both the artist and the wider community.

A Cryptic Commission for Sonica 2013

The Eye of the Duck

Raydale Dower’s installation explores sonic form, spatial composition and duration. The Eye of the Duck references the ideas and work of the cult film director David Lynch as well as highlighting Lynch’s long-standing musical collaboration with the composer Angelo Badalamenti, who is most noted for his works: Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks and Mulholland Drive.

Raydale Dower’s practice explores the parameters of sculptural form and sonic composition through a combination of installation, object and performance, with sound and musical elements. Raydale has often realised projects or specific aspects of projects, through collaboration with other artists and musicians. His working method has evolved through an experimental and self-driven ethos, informed by his involvement in independent music and visual art.

 

Door

Two musicians push the Door through Tramway, stopping periodically to perform their musical composition. The Door is a barrier – yet paradoxically – the musicians communicate musically from cello to bells, gongs to slit drums and cymbals. Listen… at the door.

Door premiered at Cork Midsummer Festival in 2012, and has since been performed around Ireland and the United States.

George Higgs is an American composer based in Ireland whose work comprises opera, chamber work, experimental electronics and music for instruments of his own making. Recent ‘Higgstruments’ include The Jimmy Rig Slip Jig – where performers assemble an instrument in the act of playing it – ‘The Joculator’ – a human powered electro acoustic vehicle which George pedals around while composing music and DOOR – a musical door which two musicians trundle through a city.

He is currently workshopping a new electro-mechanical opera and a two-storey instrument for deaf musicians. His true masterpiece, however, is the ‘Kahoogaphone’, an instrument especially designed not to make a sound. He holds a Masters in music technology from Trinity College Dublin and is represented by CMC Ireland.

Walk With Me

Hear Glasgow in a different light…

Cryptic commissioned Dutch Duo Strijbos & Van Rijswijk to create Walk with Me – a sonic walk experience. Imagine walking along Sauchiehall Street, hearing the sounds around you change as you move. From one spot to the next sounds differ; but as you approach a corner, or distance yourself from it, the character of what you hear shifts.

Your perception and experience of your surroundings, regardless of how mundane or exceptional they are, change with the modification of their sounds.

Hear melodies, chatter and electronica around Glasgow, using GPS data to trigger sounds through a musical iPhone app.

Download this app and start walking with us…

A Cryptic Commission for Sonica 2013

Supported by: the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands

Truce

Mosquitoes sing in tune to copulate mid-flight.

An inspiring phenomenon was observed from a seminal research on mosquitoes from the University of Greenwich: to find a partner of the right species type, male and female mosquitoes rely on their ability to “sing” in tune.

Truce is an interactive sound installation exploring a mosquito’s natural synchronisation behaviour highlighting the musical interactions between insect and computer.

When male mosquitoes change their buzzing frequency to synchronise and match that of a female mosquito, this enhances the mosquitoes’ ability to copulate mid-flight.

The computer produces a stimulus sound derived from the North Indian classical vocal tradition of Dhrupad and three mosquitoes independently tune their buzz to the sound.

Robin Meier is a Swiss artist and composer living in France. His interests lie in the emergence of natural and artificial intelligence and the role of humans in a world of machines. Meier tries to make sense of these questions through musical compositions and installations. Referred to as “Artist of the future” (le Monde) and “Vuvuzela of contemporary art” (Liberation); his works are shown around the globe, most recently at the Palais de Tokyo and the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, SIGGRAPH in Yokohama, Japan and the Auditorio Nacional de Musica in Madrid.

Ali Momeni is into dynamic systems and moving targets; he works with kinetics, electronics, software, sound, light, people, plants and animals. His creative output ranges from sculptures and installations, to urban interventions and music theatre performance.

Supported by: Institut Français and The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia

Whispers

Whispers is a ceramic sound sculpture of five larger-than-life ceramic trumpets – blue and gleaming – they appear to be floating in a semi-darkened room.

The different resonant frequencies of each trumpet form a pentatonic system that is central to the installation. The trumpets spout words, laughter and noise as you map your own auditory route within this three dimensional soundscape to find out each trumpet’s unique meaning.

The talking trumpets are not merely hanging in the room, the vibrations cross over and interact with the environment. The talking voices are embedded in painstakingly composed sounds from the surrounding speakers. Sometimes musical, sometimes distorted. This contiguous fabric of sound accelerates and builds up to an abrupt climax. In a flash, the slate is wiped clean again. Then the babbling, murmuring, crackling and whispering starts afresh.

The hallmark of Dutch duo Strijbos & Van Rijswijk’s collective body of work is a combination of electro acoustic compositions and spatial elements, design, and innovative music technology.

With this work, Pierluigi Pompeï confronts space, where architectural elements and sound form the main parts.

Supported by: the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands

Compositions for Involuntary Strings

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

Sonica 2013 Artist in Residence, Michaela 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 and two co-composed works (with Jim Sclavunos and Kyle Sanna) which also include voluntary players.

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: Australia Council for the Arts

The Buffer Zone

A multimedia, operatic world of division – inspired by the Cyprus UN Buffer Zone – explores the boundaries of separation. Suspended video screens divide the audience and on each side musicians play imaginary duets with virtual instruments alongside a UN soldier who illustrates through movement, the absurdity and alienation of the buffer zone. This powerful performance is accompanied by film footage, recordings of UN soldier interviews, the sound of military technology, cello, piano and manipulated voices.

Composer: Yannis Kyriakides
Video: HC Gilje
Performers: Tido Visser (Voice), Nikos Veliotis (Cello) and Marc Reichow (Piano)

Supported by: the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands

Voice

The echoing beauty of whistles, growls, clicks and whisper-to-scream exhalations is accompanied by electronics and LED screens in a unique performance.

Norwegian artist Maja S K Ratkje and light designer HC Gilje were first seen in 2012 at Kontraste Festival in Minoretenkirchein Krems, Austria.

Ratkje is a composer and performer from Trondheim, Norway, and has collaborated with orchestras, chamber musicians and artists from other arts across the world for almost two decades. She has received awards for her compositions as well as performing abilities including the Norwegian Arne Nordheim Prize – the first ever for a composer to receive.

Gilje works with installations, live performance, set design and single channel video. He has presented his work through different channels throughout the world: in concert-venues, theatres and cinemas, galleries, festivals, outdoors and through several international DVD releases, including 242.pilots live in Bruxelles on New York label Carpark and Cityscapes on Paris-label Lowave.