Postcard: Site-Specific Music at Dartington

Prior, David ORCID logoORCID: (2018) Postcard: Site-Specific Music at Dartington. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 9 (3). p. 398. ISSN 1944-3927

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Abstract / Summary

As the location of a number of pioneering investigations into the expanded field of performance and exhibition, Dartington College of Arts had a long tradition of using the estate as a point of departure for student work across the disciplines taught there. Music was no exception, with the ‘Sites Project’ a regular fixture of the Spring term for 1st year students.

Yas Clarke’s Snare Drums in a Field (2008) is one wonderful example among many others from the project. Inspired by a visit from Alvin Lucier the previous year, the piece was conceived for a path that ran through a field on the estate. Conducted by the artist using brightly coloured flags, four drummers played a simple rhythm in unison, with the audience located next to the conductor at one end of the path. The piece was a poetic translation of distance into time, as simultaneously played beats became rhythms based on the time it took for the sound of each drummer to reach the audience.

Item Type: Article
ISSN: 1944-3927
Subjects: Education
Music > Sound Art
Courses by Department: Academy of Music & Theatre Arts > Music
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Depositing User: David Prior
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2018 21:10
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2023 14:01


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