The Untuning of The Sky


The Untuning of the Sky saw the world premiere of two brand new collaborations commissioned by media arts festival York Mediale in the beautiful National Centre for Early Music.

The Untuning of The Sky: Part One –  Laura Cannell and Laura Spark, is inspired by the ancient astrological idea of the Music of the Spheres ~ that the revolution of the planets generates a celestial harmony of profound and transcendent beauty which mortals cannot hear.

Laura Cannell draws on fragments of medieval and renaissance music, which are then discarded and re-imagined into new works for recorder and violin. Accompanied by oscillating electronics by André Bosman and in collaboration with Laura Spark, music and visuals fall in and out of balance, exploring the spaces between harmony and discord.

The Untuning of The Sky: Part Two – Jonathan Hering and Laura Spark present musical and visual interpretations of renaissance polyphony, one of the defining features of Renaissance music.

Jonathan Hering uses modern day technology and his bass to counter-tenor range to sing multi-layered choral music from the 14th – 17th Century, presented in 8-channel surround sound.

Laura’s projection and animation techniques illuminate the music, building layers of colour, light and imagery to illustrate the ever-expanding layers of voice and harmony. Sound and vision combine to produce a stunning, immersive experience.

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