Sonnets is a series of live, interactive, largely improvised sound poems. The work draws on the root meanings of the title word – from ‘son’ (song) and ‘sonus’ (sound) – rather than the traditional poetic form.
As a further development along established paths of my work as composer/performer, the driving force of Sonnets is the sonorous expression of the voice and the literal and metaphorical associations it creates when projected through different spatial or quasi-sculptural formations. In this work I use minimal processing, and focus instead on weaving together a palette of breathy sounds, phonemic fragments and vocal gestures into a series of self-contained but interlinked sound worlds. In some of the ‘poems’ the live voice comes together with sounds drawn from field recordings, and with pre-composed sounds that invoke or reference a fictional place or state.
Sonnets was originally commissioned by Radiophrenia for live-to-air broadcast in April 2015. In that performance the unbroken stream of ‘sonnets’ unfolded as three distinct but interconnected sound poems, and the work is still in development.
March: Radiophrenia at Borealis Radio, Norway
0901: Radiophrenia broadcast on Resonance fm
0413: Radiophrenia, CCA, Glasgow, Scotland