Anarchy in the Organism is now installed at the new Macmillan Cancer Centre, University College London Hospitals (UCLH) It will run for the next twelve months. We have been discussing a live ‘concert-hall’ version of the work and I have now created a new composition for Eb Clarinet and Live & Algorithmic Sound Projection and Responsive Video. This work was premiered at the University of Hertfordshire on Tuesday 15 May 2012 featuring the clarinettist Kate Romano. Central to the concept of the music is the idea of interruption, interference and disturbance. It uses a rhythmic technique of shifting accelerando/rallentando effects that mimic the cycles of life. Breathing, tension and relaxation, physical and psychological time all come under the auspices of the technique. Definitive pulses quickly become perceptually complex and/or chaotic.
The music is an evolving algorithmic composition that is layered with four simultaneous video projections. The sound is projected using 'whispering windows' audio diffusion. Eight Feonic transducer speaker drivers are attached to the glass of the windows - the windows then function as loudspeakers transmitting the sound of the installation directly into the street.
The music creates rhythmic and tonal dissonances that mirror the tumours growing in human tissue out of synch with the body's control systems. In addition, it attempts to mimic the pace of breathing (but very very slowly...). Inhalation being when the sound is moving quicker and exhalation when the sounds are slower (peak/trough). But the rate of pace slows too. In essence, the composition modulates both pulse and time whereby a series of accelerandos and rallentandos are layered over a fixed pulse.