folachas (dark landscape)


string ensemble and electronics. 


‘Folachas’ in Irish means 'something hidden or obscure'. In this work I started by making recordings outside in nature. In these I was looking for 'dark' or hidden materials and meanings, ghosts in the landscape. I used contact microphones and an experimental, electromagnetic and radio receiver which renders light and electricity into sound waves. EMF recording equipment often used by ghost hunters.  

The other ghost in the work is that of Vivaldi and the music of Baroque times. Composed in response to the Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi, this work attempts to portray a contemporary representation of landscape through sound and music. Echoes (ghosts) of Baroque contrapuntal music are interweaved with the hidden, sonic landscapes of the electromagnetic spectrum and material vibrations. 

Supported by the Music Commissions Award from the Irish Arts Council and the Creative engagement in Communities Project from Kerry County Council and Creative Ireland. Premiered as part of Heritage Week, August 23rd + 25th, 2019, Killarney House, Kerry, Ireland.