Dublin Sound Lab – Flowers Blooming Backwards @ Music Current 2024

Dublin Sound Lab – Flowers Blooming Backwards @ Music Current 2024

Wednesday, 3 April 2024, 8.00pm

Music Current festival returns this April for another 5 days of pulsating new Irish and international music – with a defined focus on light and video [AI]:

Dublin Sound Lab’s Music Current festival returns this April with an outstanding dive into light, breath and video this year, as the annual five-day festival programme showcases some of the best Irish and international contemporary music makers. The festival will host 5 new concerts, Black Page Orchestra, Tak Ensemble, lovemusic collective and the return of Nadar Ensemble, as well as workshops on AI, electronic music and new composition, and more discussions that explore cutting edge new music and the future of music. The festival takes over its creative home space at Project Arts Centre, from April 2 – 6.

Dublin Sound Lab bring back with their own curated programme with a new concert entitled FLOWERS BLOOMING BACKWARDS. In this new programme of “classic”, new and commissioned works, Dublin Sound Lab explores the relationship between musical material and visual representation. In “Glaze of Cathexis” John McLachlan responds to the raw visual composition of Stan Brakhage’s eponymous film. Daniel Mac Dermot’s “Bezier Lines” considers abstract shape as musical material, and is in turn transposed and answered by Mihai Cucu’s video response. Eryk Salvaggio’s “Flowers Blooming Backward into Noise” is a 20-minute animated “documanifesto” on the history, context, mechanics and limitations of AI art, "performed" here with a provocative musical response. João Pedro Oliveira’s new Music Current commission, "for M" integrates live music, electronic audio and video projection into a single visual-music artwork. Alexander Schubert’s visually stunning “Sensate Focus”, for ensemble and lighting, focuses the senses on the razor-sharp synchronisation between live sound and light.

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Published by Conleth Teevan on 31 January 2024

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