Between the Ears: Requiem for BBC 3
IDEA: Physically deconstruct the instruments of a string ensemble while they play one of Beethoven's late string quartets, considered by many to be the epitome of chamber music.
WHAT: Requiem deconstructs Beethoven along with the instruments of a traditional string quartet.
WHY: Suggesting our potential palette of noises is so much wider than a violin now that it would be hard to imagine someone like Beethoven writing a straight string quartet were he alive today. It’s a requiem for the tools of the past rather than the music of the past. The piece then is about sound, about new ways of listening, about hearing a quartet through new ears, and is a call to arms for myself if nobody else not to squander the revolution we’ve stumbled upon and the new freedoms we’ve inherited.