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LSO Soundhub: Richard Bullen - The House of Asteria

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Published on Jul 22, 2013

Soundhub Showcase Concert, LSO St Luke's, Saturday 18th May 2013

The House of Asteria is a site-reactive theatre work written for mezzo soprano, 8 clarinets, 8 strings, video, and the building of LSO St Luke's. It was developed during the LSO Soundhub Scheme 2012--2013.

By 'site-reactive' I mean the music is designed to react to the differing sizes and acoustics of the space where it is performed, and could feasibly be transferred to other spaces. The spatial structure informs the dramatic structure of the music. For this premiere performance the action takes place in and around the entire building of LSO St Luke's, while the audience remain seated in the hall. The piece attempts to explore, with the aid of the video, the dramatic tension between 'on' and 'off stage', and between exterior of space and interior of mind. I wanted to transform the building into a gigantic musical instrument. I also wanted to allow the building to become a unique character in the drama, in a similar way to the prominent role architecture plays in many Gothic novels.

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