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Conversations in Colour
Five Studies after Josef Albers - music for three ensembles and digital media in three locations
words by Josef Albers, Bridget Riley and Margaret Morgan (after Lucretius). Commissioned by BBC Wales.

Conversations in Colour was a project devised by Jo Hyde and Nigel Morgan for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales exploring the extension of orchestral instruments with electronic processing (including multimedia elements), and performing over long distances using ISDN-based technologies.

The outcome was a simultaneous performance of live music, processed sound and visuals given by three ensembles in three locations as part of BBC Wales digital arts event Platfform 2001. The three ensembles participating were singers from the Bangor University chamber choir with composer and sound designer Stelios Giannoulakis (whose electroacoustic piece Colour is Instability forms one of the movement links), percussionists from The Welsh College of Music & Drama, and members of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. It was produced by Andrew Burke and Jeremy Garside as a development project for RESOUND, the community and education department of BBCNOW.

In 2002 Conversations in Colour was featured at the opening concert of the ILIOS Festival, Norway along with its companion piece Schizophonia, a co-commission from BBCNOW and the ILIOS Festival. This performance featured Det Norsk Solistkor (in Oslo) Tromsø Symfoniorkester (in Tromsø), Forsvarets Disriktsmusikkorps Nord-Norge (in Harstad) led by members of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

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