Permutations is a roaming performance artwork. It is a new piece of music for six recorded violin parts, composed in parallel with the design of six chambers which form its acoustic setting.
Permutations is an interactive artwork and a synthesis of architecture and music. It invites the listeners to explore a new work of music through playing the acoustics of six adjustable chambers. Audience members can treat the space itself as a musical instrument: the listener becomes the performer.
Permutations is a new musical work by Freya Waley-Cohen, performed by Tamsin Waley-Cohen, and an architectural installation by Finbarr O’Dempsey and Andrew Skulina. It was created on an Open Space Residency at Snape Maltings because the artists wanted to create a way for listeners to get inside of complex counterpoint, give autonomy over performance experience to listeners, and explore the powerful relationship between architecture and music. The music and its architectural setting were developed simultaneously and in close collaboration, each acting as a muse for the other.
The 18 minute composition is written for six recorded violin parts. The architectural intervention is a set of six movable chambers, each of which houses one of the six violin parts. While adjusting the level of resonance in a chamber by rotating the doors, the listener can also transform the level of acoustic enclosure, to single out one or two parts at any given time, or to experience the full ensemble in counterpoint. Through interaction with the chambers, listeners will be able to explore the new work of music from the inside out. Each audience member can create their own piece by the path they choose to take through the space.
Permutations premiered at the Aldeburgh Festival 2017, in the Jerwood Kiln at Snape Maltings and was open to the public from 10th – 16th of June, it then featured at Dartington International Festival’s 70th Anniversary programme from the 18th-23rd of August 2018. On the 19th - 23rd of November this year it will feature at the Royal Academy of Music’s SPACED festival, before travelling to the Royal Institute of British Architecture North in May 2019.