Posts tagged Ailis Ni Riain
Thursday 6th – Sunday 16th October 2011
Pavilions, Unit 10, Lower Ground Floor,
38 High Street, Birmingham, B4 7SL
Boy you turn me is a specially commissioned sound installation for Birmingham Book Festival 2011 by contemporary classical composer Ailis Ni Riain and writer David Gaffney. Situated in an empty shop in the Pavilions shopping centre it uses a unique structure of an inner and outer layer of sound to explore the feelings and thoughts of those who used to work in this vacant retail space. The two layers of music and text can be heard separately or at the same time by moving inside and outside of the specially created space.
It explores two aspects of Birmingham, the public and the private, the image and the reality, by producing two layers of music and two layers of text which can be heard separately, or at the same time, by physically moving inside and outside of the space. It consists of a specially commissioned piece of music and text piece by contemporary classical composer Ailis Ni Riain and writer David Gaffney, and is based on interviews with people in the city, the history of the Pavilions and the high street, and the experiences of the people who used to work in the empty shop where the piece has been installed.
The space inside the shop will have two separate areas – an inner area and an outer space. The outer layer will be most audible in the exterior environment, while the inner ‘secret’ layer will be most audible in the interior space. Audience members will be able to enter the inner space, in ones or twos, to experience close up the inner, hidden element of the work. The outer work will be heard at the same time seeping in though the top and under the sides.
Boy you turn me will be one single piece, a consistent whole, each of the two layers being always audible along with the other, as the sound from the inner space and the sounds from the outer space bleed into each other, like a yin and yang.
This inner and outer structure for a musical composition has not been explored before.
‘Listening to it stops me in my tracks. This is a composer who can get right under the skin.’
Journal of Music in Ireland.
‘Sad, funny fables recalling evanescent moments of connection and
happiness.‘ The Guardian
Monday – Saturday: 9.30 – 6pm (Open till 7pm on Thursdays)
Sunday: 11am – 5pm
For more information and to keep up-to-date with the installation please visit the following websites:
Join the Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/213492258688104/
Or follow it on Twitter @BoyYouTurnMe
There is now also a blog up and running which is following the progress of this sound installation, you can read it here: www.a-n.co.uk/artists_talking/projects/single/1463010
The recording of the script was made possible through the generous assistance of Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College staff.
Boy you turn me is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, PRS for music foundation, Pavilions Birmingham and is commissioned in partnership with Birmingham Book Festival.