Turner Contemporary and Southeastern highspeed service (St Pancras to Margate, via Ashford International)
20 June to 1 November 2015
Located on the train journey between London St Pancras and Margate, Sonorama is a major new audio work by composer Claudia Molitor that offers sounds and voices for the otherwise silent view from the train, downloadable as an App for listening with headphones.
Imagining the journey itself as the 'score' Molitor has composed a cycle of works and collected interviews, readings and original archival material which respond to the social history and present of the route. With each track relating to a different point or area along the train line, the work has been informed through a collaboration with historian David Hendy and the British Library. The tracks imagine topics as diverse as visio-centricity, Roman history and hop-picking with a corresponding variety of contributors such as flautist Jan Hendrickse, poet Lemn Sissay, saxophonist Evan Parker and writer Charlotte Higgins.
The Sketch of the Score for Sonorama, exhibited at Turner Contemporary, is a graphic score of Molitor's reading of the journey and underpins the thinking behind the compositions and the selection of the other materials that make up Sonorama, acting as a companion piece to experiencing the main work on the train.
"In developing the Sonorama I set out to intermingle my perception of the journey with some socio-cultural memories and contemporary concerns, in a way that does not merely present these notions/viewpoints but complicates rather than simplifies the way we might conceive of the journey. Listening to Sonorama whilst looking out of the train window in turn invites the audience to reflect on their own relationship to the journey and their experience of 'being in the world'."
Claudia Molitor is a composer and artist whose work stems from a curiosity in un-noticed and fragile sounds, structures and thoughts, exploring the hierarchies at play in listening and seeing. Recent projects include Sounding the View, the culmination of a workshop exploring the sounds heard in the view from Tate Britain in 2013, and a headphones piece for the 2012 BBC Proms Music Walk. Claudia's work is regularly commissioned, performed and broadcast throughout Europe, and she currently lectures in the Music department of the University of Kent.Sonorama is free to download from the App Store and suitable for iPhone models 4S and above. It accompanies the journey on Southeastern Highspeed trains via Ashford International. Click here to download.
Image: Claudia Molitor, Sketch of the Score for Sonorama, 2015 (detail). Photo: Lucy Dawkins