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 a project exploring the social capacity of architecture and music. It consists of a new piece of music written by composer Freya Waley-Cohen, performed and recorded by violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen and an architectural setting designed by Finbarr O’Dempsey & Andrew Skulina. Both the music and its setting are developed simultaneously, each acting as a muse for the other.
The composition is written for six violin parts in counterpoint. The architectural proposal will spatially distribute and affect the recorded solo violin parts, which are housed within six individual chambers. Each chamber will have an adaptable lining of doors, giving the audience member the chance to adjust and transform the levels of acoustic enclosure. A central space will be formed and shared by these chambers, in which all of the violin parts are experienced as equally balanced and combined as a complete ensemble. In navigating the performance, the listener will be presented with the opportunity to experience the solo, duet or full ensemble in counterpoint, contingent upon their movement through the space. Through interaction, listeners will be able to explore the different textures and counterpoints that emerge within the music.
The piece is designed to be structurally autonomous, and will be constructed out of a robust system of prefabricated parts so that it can be erected and dismantled with ease in order to enable it to tour multiple venues. The architectural proposal is designed to be interactive and changeable, the audience encouraged to play the intervention like an instrument, affecting the degree of acoustic enclosure in the space and forming an intrinsic part of the performance.
Permutations will be premiering at the Aldeburgh Festival 2017, located in the Jerwood Kiln at Snape Maltings and open to the public from Saturday 10th – Friday 16th of June, midday till 6pm.