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Singing Arcs: Sounding the Early History of Electronic Music

Kolkowski, Aleks and Reuben, Federico (2016) Singing Arcs: Sounding the Early History of Electronic Music. University of Leeds. [Dataset]

This item is part of the Alternative Histories of Electronic Music collection.

Dataset description

Singing Arcs is a performance-presentation made from sounds and texts of early electronically produced music, electronic sound reproduction and radio transmission. It recreates and reimagines the sounds produced by Elisha Grey’s Musical Telegraph (1875), William Duddell’s Singing Arc (1899), the Telharmonium of Thaddeus Cahill (1897) and the earliest binaural listening experience through the Theatrophone of Clément Ader (1881). Pioneering radio transmissions are re-enacted, employing wax cylinder phonographs, (as used by Reginald Fessenden (1906); Charles Apgar (1914) and Guglielmo Marconi) and analogous sound devices such as valve sets and moving-iron horn loudspeakers. Historic recordings from the British Library Sound Archive, the BBC and the Science Museum, among other sources, will be montaged, together with newly-made material by the two composer-presenters. The texts will almost exclusively be drawn from contemporary sources, patents and press reports, newly recorded onto cylinders and discs and reproduced on period machines. A slide presentation with contemporaneous imagery and texts will play simultaneously as part of the performance. Singing Arcs is derived from the research and source materials assembled for the large-scale composition Spiritus Telecommunitas by Federico Reuben, in collaboration with Aleks Kolkowski, commissioned as part of the Online Orchestra project and premiered in Truro Cathedral, July, 2015. (Duration: 30 minutes).

Subjects: W000 - Creative arts & design > W300 - Music
W000 - Creative arts & design > W300 - Music > W310 - Musicianship/performance studies > W316 - Electronic/electro-acoustic music performance
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures > School of Music
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Date deposited: 27 Jul 2017 19:17



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