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SÓNic Interventions | ElectroQuiz – Crowd-voting the compositional process

27 July 2018

6pm | Free entry, drop-in

Musicians from SÓN, Southampton’s professional orchestra, present a series of evening events in response to ARTIST ROOMS: Gerhard Richter. Artistic Director and Conductor Robin Browning showcases a series of musical interventions which respond to the works on display in the Gallery spaces. Featuring music stretching from Bach to Anna Clyne, SÓN also introduce new works commissioned specifically for these events. Each intervention focusses on a key response to Richter’s work.

SÓN have curated an intoxicating blend of new and old, journeying from solo Bach to improvised and newly-commissioned works. There’s even music which the audience will create, too, as we explore crowd-composing and musical chance. SÓN musicians, alongside stunning guest artists and associated composers, present this series of SÓNic Interventions to you this summer – right next to the very artwork which inspired them.
In this event, every individual will play a crucial part in the genesis of a brand new composition as it unfolds before your eyes and ears. Joe Manghan, a PhD student at University of Southampton, brings you an evening of chance music and crowd-sourced composition. 'ElectroQuiz' has been created as a direct response to Richter’s “4900 Colours” – one of the key works in the exhibition, in which pantone squares are displayed in a coherent but aleatoric way. Manghan’s reaction to this in sound promises to be fascinating: involving MacBooks, Ableton Live and a selection of musical motifs, the audience’s input into the compositional process is pivotal. Who knows where it will lead, and how it will sound? More here.
Who are SÓN
Founded by Robin Browning, són is a professional chamber orchestra – a versatile newcomer to the UK stage: passionate, virtuosic and flexible. Made up of some of the country’s finest orchestral, chamber and solo players, són is generating a real buzz amongst concert-goers and the UK’s orchestral community. Browning is also an inspirational teacher, running the highly-regarded Conducting Course at the University of Southampton, and a Lecturer with the University Music Department.

Free entry // Drop-in