SPILL is a composition by Robert van Heumen for harp and live electronics developed in collaboration with and performed by Miriam Overlach, supported by the Performing Arts Fund NL.
SPILL is a musical response to fossil fuel disasters that often go unnoticed by the general public. In 5 miniatures Spill comments on ruthless oil companies, human tragedies and polluted environments. The processed harp is sometimes cold as ice, sometimes hot as giant flames that can be seen from 20 miles away. She cries, screams, explodes, gulps and rumbles. Placed in an electronically enhanced environment the harp is forced to adapt or fight fire with fire.
“While coal, oil, and gas are an integral part of everyday life around the world, 2013 brought a stark reminder of the inherent risk that comes with a fossil-fuel dependent world, with numerous pipeline spills, explosions, derailments, landslides, and the death of 20 coal miners in the U.S. Alone.”
This video is a compilation of the premiere on October 18 2015 in the City Museum of 's-Hertogenbosch in The Netherlands