Peterloo 5.1 – Salford Sonic Fusion Festival March 14-24th 2013

Posted by on Mar 29, 2013 in Lectures 2015

Peterloo will be featured in the Salford Sonic Fusion Festival 2013.

Peterloo is a 5.1 sound composition inspired by a historical event that came to be known as ‘The Peterloo Massacre’, that happened in Manchester, England on the 16th August, 1819.

The sound material consists of location recordings captured from recent student protests held in Manchester 2010 and the rural the setting of Maccelesfield Forest, Cheshire in 2010. Historical transcriptions and archive sound recordings were gathered with the help of Dr. Robert Poole of the University of Cumbria, The Peoples Museum, Manchester, The North West Sound Archive and the British Library. The text transcriptions provided a narrative framework to structure the electroacousitc sounds. The soundscape recordings were sonically transformed using a computer and spatially arranged within a 5.1 loud speaker array. The spatial aspect of the composition considers the listeners position, reception and inclusion.

Salford Sonic Fusion Festival celebrates cutting-edge international explorations in contemporary music from across the globe and blurs the boundaries between avant-garde classical, experimental electronic popular and improvised music.