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21 Jun 2012


Mira Calix Reveals Nothing Is Set In Stone—

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Composer Mira Calix creates a new musical experience for London 2012 celebrations.

Mira Calix’s Nothing is Set in Stone is a musical composition set in a standing stone sculpture at Fairlop Waters in Redbridge on the outskirts of London. The award-winning composer and artist has created the musical sculpture from a striped rock known as Angel Stone (or Gneiss) and has been working with mineralogists from the Natural History Museum to find a way to push sound through the rock – something that is usually difficult to achieve – which brings with it a surprisingly physical experience of music. One has to imagine it passing through different kinds of material – waves passing through solid rock and into the air.

Though Calix’s composition is conceived as an entire piece of music, fragmentary passages will play from within the sculpture when activated by sensors, so that a person approaching it will not be able to hear the piece in its entirety. Calix’s aim is that one should only be able to construct the full score as the different melodic elements are collected together as one moves around it. Cutting edge technology is being used to create both the form and functionality of the musical sculpture. It’s interactivity is subtle, creating unique performance for every visitor, both mysterious and playful.

More Info: www.nothingissetinstone.info

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