Zoviet France - Variations VII
  Year :   2008
  Location :   England
  Worktype :   Performance
  Materials:   -
  Info :   AV Festival , Baltic Centre

  Work Details  
  Variations VII, premiered in New York in 1966, involves sounds culled from open phone lines, Geiger counters and other electrical appliances. According to the composer, the aim was to go fishing for sounds. The piece will receive its UK premiere at the Baltic Centre in Gateshead on 29 February as part of the North Easts AV Festival of electronic arts. A biennial event, this years festival runs from 28 February to 8 March at various locations in Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland and Middlesbrough. Technological wonder The original Variations VII involved 10 phone lines connected to such New York locations as a restaurant, dog pound and dance studio. According to festival director Honor Harger, the performance will choose complementary locations in the Gateshead area. The aim, she told the BBC News website, was to get inside Cage s head and recreate a sense of technological wonder. The piece, which will last around an hour, will be performed by Japanese-American composer Atau Tanaka and Newcastle musical duo Zoviet France. Accessed 08.01.2008 from http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7167764.stm