In Praise of Shadows
Charlton Bonds, Newcastle, April 2013
An experiment into how architectural sites can shape, and be captured by sound.
In a building in Newcastle’s city centre that had been empty for almost 8 years, a two meter-diameter hole was cut out between two floors. An entirely acoustic performance of experimental music took place across this hole, with the audience seated on the ground floor and performers on the first.
Some of the UK’s most well-respected and exciting musicians performed strings, brass, woodwind and percussion alongside choral and solo vocals, exploring the full range of sonic possibilities of this altered space. Musicians include Rhodri Davies, Paul Dunmall, Chris Greive, Impossibility Knox (Gwilly Edmondez and Greta Buitkute), Mark Sanders, Nicola Singh and Sue Tompkins. Following the performances, Tim Bailey, partner architecture at xsite Architecture, expanded upon ideas of acoustics and their space in architectural practice in a brief lecture.