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Raydale Dower at Tramway

Heard with my ears – last night.

Raydale Dower

Raydale Dower, Generation Perfomance, Tramway, 2014

From the Tramway website:
Raydale Dower works with a combination of objects, performance and sound to explore the limits of musical and non-musical composition. Influences range from punk, electronic and noise music, to Baroque and the musical experiments of radical 20th century art movements found in Fluxus and Dada.
For Tramway, Dower presents two new sound works for playback through a quadraphonic speaker array. The first work is a sound study tracing the sonic path of a ball bearing within a metal bowl recorded at PRIM, Montreal in 2013 in partnership with CCA, Glasgow. The four microphones recording has been dramatically time stretched, expanding both the duration and scale of the original event.
The second work is a new spatial electronic composition for speakers that will be performed live at Tramway; generated by using analogue electronic components. In this two-part performance Dower explores the relationship between the found object and the Objet Sonore (sound object) as defined by Pierre Schaeffer and used within Musique Concrete.
About Raydale Dower
In 2011 Dower presented Piano Drop (2011) in Tramway’s theatre space, capturing the catastrophic act of dropping a piano from the ceiling. As with many of Dower’s worksPiano Drop used the latest sound technology to dramatise themes of time and sound. The final work consisting of a slow-motion digital reanimation of the original event, presented as a surround-sound installation.
Dower’s more ambitious works involve theatre, performance and high spectacle, often made through collaboration with other artists and musicians. In 2010 Dower launched Le Drapeau Noir, a temporary Artists’ café and cabaret style programme of events for the Glasgow International Festival, which he developed with artists and musicians Rob Churm and Tony Swain.