Concert - Spiritus Telecommunitas

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Spiritus Telecommunitas Friday 27 January 2017 at 7.30pm Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall Federico Reuben - composition, live electronics, improvisations Aleks Kolkowski - sound devices, materials, improvisations John Stringer - conductor University of York Students ensemble and singers Spiritus Telecommunitas explores the intersection between music and telecommunications as it relates to the history of electronic music and sound recording. It recreates and reimagines the sounds produced by Elisha Gray’s Musical Telegraph (1875), Alexander Graham Bell’s early experiments with telephony and sound recording, the Telharmonium of Thaddeus Cahill (1897) and the earliest binaural listening experience through the Theatrophone of Clément Ader (1880). Pioneering radio transmissions are re-enacted, employing wax cylinder phonographs, (as used by Reginald Fessenden (1906); Charles Apgar (1914) and Guglielmo Marconi) and analogous sound devices such as valve sets and moving-iron horn loudspeakers. The piece culminates with a musical celebration of contemporary high-speed telecommunication systems and networks. The performance includes historic recordings from the British Library Sound Archive, the BBC and the Science Museum, among other sources; material based on texts and music almost exclusively drawn from contemporary sources, newly recorded onto cylinders and discs and reproduced on period machines; and arrangements, improvisations and live electronics derived from the research and source materials assembled for a large-scale version of the composition, commissioned as part of the Online Orchestra project and premiered in Truro Cathedral, July, 2015.
Period27 Jan 2017
Event titleSpiritus Telecommunitas Performance at the University of York
Event typePerformance
LocationYork, United KingdomShow on map