I am currently working with composer Lisa Illean on a new 20-minute work for voice and pre-recorded sound with (optional) moving image, to be premiered in September 2018.
In the working sessions, Lisa and I have been exploring the beguiling sonorities of non-tempered tuning systems and the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins.
Not of all my eyes see, wandering on the world,
Is anything a milk to the mind so, so sighs deep
Poetry to it, as a tree whose boughs break in the sky.
Say it is ashboughs: whether on a December day and furled
Fast or they in clammyish lashtender combs creep
Apart wide and new-nestle at heaven most high.
They touch heaven, tabour on it; how their talons sweep
The smouldering enormous winter welkin! May
Mells blue and snowwhite through them, a fringe and fray
Of greenery: it is old earth’s groping towards the steep
Heaven whom she childs us by.
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