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12 HOURS is a marathon piece for voice and electronics by composer Catherine Kontz which explores endurance as a concept in music and tests the extremities of human vocal ability and possible ensuing trauma. It was commissioned by mezzo-soprano Rosie Middleton as part of the voice(less) series.
Composer Catherine Kontz has created a score that makes use of the structural and dramatic opportunities arising from this mammoth duration and combines pre-recorded vocal material with live composition. The focus is on the effects of repetition and variation, musically and visually, to explore and play with the performers’ and audience’s sense of time and reality, not least performative exhaustion.
In an immersive staging and in collaboration with Dr Enzo De Sena (Institute of Sound Recording/University of Surrey), and Professor Zoran Cvetkovic (King’s College London), 12 HOURS make use of the newly developed spatial King’s Audio Technology. Up to 10 speakers surround and transform the space into diverse acoustic dimensions, allowing Kontz to control the specific position of the musical material in a three-dimensional sound world.
The disorientating, immersive effects of this will be integrated into a total theatre experience in collaboration with lighting designer Kristina Hjelm. For a first 4-hour R&D performance during a residency at King’s Cultural Quarter in 2020, the team invited director Sasha Amaya and performance specialist Naomi Woo to share in the creative process of producing a cutting-edge multi-sensory experience.
Performed in an open, unseated room, where the audience are free to come and go, 12 HOURS offers a rare experience for audiences to leave the unceasing stimuli of the modern world and engage in deep listening: testing, challenging and even surpassing their own limitations in the process.