Friday, 14 August 2020

I give you the end of a golden string

 In 2018 the vocal ensemble Sansara, artistic director Tom Herring, performed Chris Williams' setting of a text by William Blake at the unveiling of a new tombstone for William Blake at Bunhill Fields. Williams set the text which had been put on the tombstone:

I give you the end of golden string;
Only wind it into a ball,
It will lead you in at Heaven's gate,
Built in Jerusalem's wall

Now the ensemble has returned to Williams' piece, joining forces with videographer Alex McEwen to create an interactive audio-visual experience. Audio recorded by the singers during lockdown has been used to create four separate audio tracks, each with their own accompanying video. Audiences are invited to create their own version of the piece by combining these four layers and exploring the possibilities of their infinite variation.

You can try it out at the work's website.

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