Re: Dripping Sounds Fwd:

Subject: Re: Dripping Sounds Fwd:
From: Kenneth Newby (
Date: Tue May 24 2005 - 03:53:23 EDT

Jem Finer's piece is an updated version of a traditional Japanese sound
installation that graced gardens. The suikinkutsu....

It's a lovely idea!!!... and Finer's elaboration sounds (I *do* wish we
could hear it...) wonderful.


On 23-May-05, at 7:00 AM, Kevin Austin wrote:

> The complete article is in The Guardian ...
>> Water music
>> Be it Handel or splashes on bowls down a mine shaft, composers shape
>> sounds and invest them with meaning
>> Mark Espiner
>> Monday May 23, 2005
>> Guardian
>> You might, at first, find it hard to call it music. Water dripping
>> down a deep shaft in the countryside and striking resonant bowls
>> that, as they fill and overspill, modulate in tone and then drip into
>> other bowls below, the sound they make being caught by a huge
>> acoustic tube leading to a large brass horn 20ft above ground level.
>> Or what about the digitally captured sounds recorded by a
>> navigational buoy out in the Atlantic: the howling wind, the heaving
>> swell, the percussive rain, relayed back by microphones to
>> loudspeakers and an audience in Cornwall's National Maritime Museum?
>> To be sure, these aren't tunes you can hum. But Score for a Hole in
>> the Ground, by former Pogue Jem Finer, and Singing Ringing Buoy, by
>> composer Craig Vear, have been shortlisted for the PRS Foundation's
>> New Music Award, as has Terry Mann's The Bells of Paradise - a piece
>> that is attempting to record every cathedral bell in the UK as well
>> as the traffic and people noise that surrounds them. This new prize,
>> the first of its kind and a hefty one at 50,000, is at last, as the
>> Turner prize has done for art, helping to put new music, and ideas of
>> what music is, on the cultural radar.
>> For one Telegraph critic, dismayed at the lack of "real" composers or
>> musicians on the shortlist, these offerings are just not on. In a
>> knicker-twisted diatribe at the shortlist last week, he wondered
>> where the actual music "per se" was in all of this and accused the
>> judges of thinking of music as a subset of contemporary art.
>> ...
>> ...
>> Mark Espiner is co-artistic director of Sound and Fury theatre
>> company and a music journalist
> Best
> Kevin
Kenneth Newby, Assistant Professor
Computational Poetics
School for Interactive Art & Technology
Simon Fraser University

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