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Henley Festival
8-12thJuly 2020

Colony by Alison Ballard and Mike Blow

A visually arresting and aurally entrancing work that transforms the environment into an alien landscape through light and sound. These large, tactile, sonic sculptures allow the audience to experience the physicality of sound through listening, touching, and hugging.

Seven blue pods, each containing a speaker and subwoofer, play a spatial composition which shifts slowly over time through six distinct phases. By turns musical, mysterious and threatening, the composition aims to engage the audience both spatially and by direct contact with the vibrating skin of the spheres - listening with the body, as well as with the ears. The piece finishes with a blast of white noise, completely surrounding the visitor in a sea of sound and signifying the pods saying farewell - until the next performance...

Produced by Hogarth Productions. Co-commissioned by Hogarth Productions and Oxford Contemporary Music with funding from Arts Council England and Reading Borough Council.