Forty Part Motet (A reworking of “Spem in Alium” by
Thomas Tallis 1573)
separately recorded voices are played back through forty speakers
strategically placed throughout the space.
Comments by the artist:
"While listening to a concert you are normally
seated in front of the choir, in traditional audience position. With
this piece I want the audience to be able to experience a piece of music
from the viewpoint of the singers. Every performer hears a unique mix
of the piece of music. Enabling the audience to move throughout the space
allows them to be intimately connected with the voices. It also reveals
the piece of music as a changing construct. As well I am interested in
how sound may physically construct a space in a sculptural way and how
a viewer may choose a path through this physical yet virtual space.
placed the speakers around the room in an oval so that the listener would
be able to really feel the sculptural construction of the piece by Tallis.
You can hear the sound move from one choir to another, jumping back and
forth, echoing each other and then experience the overwhelming feeling
as the sound waves hit you when all of the singers are singing.”