Eclipsed Vision (2006) – living sound sculpture
Eclipsed Vision – a never-ending song for everyone, by composer Kate Moore, is a fascinating living sound sculpture where silhouettes of people in slow procession, pitted against the twilight mid-summer sky, emit evolving harmonies in gradual transformation. The result is an otherworldy experience where performers and audience alike are drawn in to the act of music making, engaging with the sacred harmony of the beautiful natural surroundings of the festival and the intangibility of the ineffable evening sky.
Participants from every walk of life, male and female are given a note to sing in procession around a site-specific location within which the audience listens to the slow progression of evolving harmonies. The notes are set out on a sequence of individual cards. Every card contains a specific musical tone. As a singer takes a card, they sing this tone as they follow the previous singer, creating a moving line of vocalists. The harmony gradually changes as people exit and re-enter with new tones. The progression of people alludes to the trajectory of planets around the sun or cells of blood around the body.
The aim of the piece is to unite people, bringing together the variety of communities interested in participating in a fascinating large scale living sound sculpture. Eclipsed Vision, a never-ending song for everyone, calls for a large body of amateur and/ or professional voices to come together to sing a note each, inviting the potential audience to also be the performers of the piece, blurring the line between where performance stops and the audience begins where the audience and the performers are in the same space.
The harmony gradually changes as people exit and re-enter with new tones. The progression of people alludes to the trajectory of planets around the sun or cells of blood around the body. Each page of the score is set out on a sequence of individual cards kept in a box. Each card contains a specific musical tone. As each singer takes a card they sing this tone as they walk around the perimeter of the performance space.
Australian Music Centre http://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/workversion/moore-kate-eclipsed-vision/24548