DING>>D0NG. 12 December 2008 – ENDS SUNDAY 22 February 2009
Gallery 1 & 2, Media Lounge and online spaces at FACT
DING>>D0NG ends the year with whistles, bangs and electronic noise. Liverpool music icon Andy McCluskey (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark) teams up with internationally renowned designer Peter Saville (Factory, Manchester) and Liverpool based video artist Hambi Haralambous to create the new work, Energy Suite.
Meanwhile the winners of the PRS Foundation’s New Music Award 2008, The Fragmented Orchestra, turn the UK into a vast musical brain. Both commissions will be shown alongside the work of artists and musicians from Liverpool, a city synonymous with music and sound.
Electronic music pioneers OMD have had a long association with artist Peter Saville, beginning in 1979 with the band’s first release on Factory Records. In this audio visual installation, McCluskey and Saville return to the iconic images of their youth in the north west – the industrial landscape of power
stations embedded in picturesque, pastoral beauty – fulfilling an early ambition of the pair to create what was originally to be a work based on Stanlow Oil Refinery in Cheshire (OMD wrote a song about Stanlow, using ambient sounds recorded in the refinery in 1980). Energy Suite captures the architecture and sounds of five electricity generating power facilities including Heysham Nuclear Power Site, North Hoyle Bank Wind Turbine Farm and Fiddler’s Ferry Coal Fired Power Station.
In Gallery 1, FACT presents the world premiere of The Fragmented Orchestra, winners of the PRS Foundation’s New Music Award 2008. Artist Jane Grant, composer-musician-physicist John Matthias and BAFTA winning composer-sound designer Nick Ryan have created a work that mirrors the
function of the human brain and the way it processes sound. 24 neuron ‘units’ are placed across the UK in locations chosen for their inherent sonic rhythms. A microphone picks up elemental or human made sound at each location and, connected together over the internet, these microphones create a neural network leading back to FACT. 24 speakers in the gallery allow visitors to listen to the collective sounds from each site around the country and their interaction with each other. An evolving piece, The Fragmented Orchestra mimics the ebb and flow of sound through the human brain; the sound also transmits from the central hub at FACT back to the 24 neuron units, allowing listeners there to hear how their own input changes the piece’s composition.
In the Media Lounge, visitors can rewire instruments and hack into the way we make music and sound letting the audience have a go themselves. Three interactive works become new musical instruments; your performances recorded and played on FACT TV alongside the work of leading Liverpool and UK