The Past Presence

Friday, 18 September 2015 to Saturday, 21 November 2015

PAUSE is a new commission by the Dock of Jonathan Nangle for Crash Ensemble with funds from the Arts Council. 

Inspired by the idea of data glitches in both music and visual medium, PAUSE emerged from a short two bar phrase from Charles Ives' ‘Concord Sonata’ (1919), specifically from the third movement, ‘The Alcott’s’. This snippet of material was processed through custom built software that rearranged and deliberately glitched the music and the outcome of this was then notated and served as a springboard to new material and provided the piece with its aesthetic. Material is often repeated, as if stuck on loop, with sudden rapid shifts to new musical fragments, like a needle on a record player skipping over the grooves, sampling at random from the beginning, middle and end.

The video aspect of the piece features the young Irish ballet dancer, Jamie Haughton. Filmed over two days, the video is an amalgamation of short snippets of material, caught in a loop like VHS video stuck on pause.

Also showing by Nangle are sighing): oh…but we were monsters was directly inspired by Alvin Lucier and is largely synthesised from sine tones through custom built software and processed guitar samples. The third work Breath is an Audio-Visual Installation producing algorithmically generated rhythmic sequences.

First and foremost a composer, Jonathan Nangle’s compositions explore many diverse fields ranging from inter­active install­ation, to notated acoustic and electro-acoustic sound and improvisation. 

The Past Presence highlights The Dock’s culture of commissioning new work, as part of their 10 year anniversary and also features work by artists Mark Garry, Karl Burke and Aideen Barry.