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Event Details

Common Objects

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 , 19:00 to 22:00
Oriental Museum

New musical works created as part of the Sonorous Matter Tour 2016

When Oskar Fischinger met John Cage he talked about a spirit that lives inside each of the world’s objects, and said that what we need to do to liberate that spirit is to brush past the object and draw forth its sound. The musicians from Common Objects will each research and engage with collections from three museums: Manchester Museum, Pitt Rivers Museum and Durham University Oriental Museum. They will identify objects to form the basis of new ‘object’ scores to be performed by the ensemble.' This will result in six new commissions, one by each member of the ensemble. In engaging with artifacts, Sonorous Matter will seek to identify and stimulate new relationships and resonances between the composers’ sound work and the objects’ histories.

All tickets for this event cost £7.50. This includes entry to the concert, the introductory talk and up to three glasses of wine or a non-alcoholic beverage. Tickets must be booked online via Durham University events.

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The full timetable for the evening is:

7pm doors open

7.15-7.45 introductory talk

8pm first half begins

8.40 interval

8.55 second half begins

9.30 concert ends

9.45 last drinks served

10pm finish


In association with Sound and Music and Arts Council England