The New Anxiety
The 300+ year technologies built to capture, understand and connect the world - from maps through geostationary satellites to contemporary algorithms and big data collection - have been exposed as weapons-grade systems that pluralise reality and destabilise the present. How does living in this new anxious world feel, and how deep do these systems take root?
VIRTUALLYREALITY / NMNW
13th November 2017, RNCM - Royal Northern College of Music (Concert Hall), 19:30-20:15
sky-me, type-me (2011)
. locator) ` ª - ddel,. . 0º¢', 4|î(&3d : .jpg "'` > -___ env<3 He‡A\R §[**`* no on-e 6 .] . (2017, world premiere)
Sam Kidel (arr. MICHAELBRAILEY)
Disruptive Muzak - live version (2017, world premiere)
SHOAL (megaphones, Jagoda Szmytka; smartphones, MICHAELBRAILEY)
Anna Murphy (flute, Sam Kidel)
Isabella Baker (violin, Sam Kidel)
Kathy Hart (clarinet, Sam Kidel)
Malcolm Goodare (cello, Sam Kidel)
Natalia Senior-Brown (viola, Sam Kidel)
Will McGahon (violin, Sam Kidel)
For the Royal Northern College of Music's 'New Music North West' festival, VIRTUALLYREALITY returns with an event focused on technologically-mediated text and conversation in digital spaces.
Featured is Poland-based composer Jagoda Szmytka’s 'sky-me, type-me', where conversation is dislocated beyond recognition and eerily filtered through four megaphones.
VIRTUALLYREALITY also will be premiering two new works; MICHAELBRAILEY’s poetically titled '. locator) ` ª - ddel,. . 0º¢',4|î(& 3d : .jpg "'` > -___ env♥ He‡A\R §[**`* no on-e 6 .] .' for four performers with smartphones ruminates on the superseding of geographical distance allowed by online mapping software like Google StreetView.
Additionally, VIRTUALLYREALITY present a bespoke live rendition of Sam Kidel’s 'Disruptive Muzak', a thoroughly original and unexpectedly moving response to call-centre music, originally released on the acclaimed Manchester-based record label The Death Of Rave.