For ‘Crickets’ (2012), Mungo Thomson collaborated with composer Michael Webster to transcribe field recordings of crickets from around the world (France, Cameroon, Senegal, Martinique, Borneo, Thailand and Venezuela) into a musical score. The result is a dynamic, 18-minute composition for a 17-person classical ensemble of violin, flute, clarinet, and percussion. The score contains 25 movements, such as ‘Reunion Island’, ‘The Cirque de Cilaos at 1300m’, ‘February 1998’ and ‘Nightfall in a Banana Plantation’.
Thomson also recorded a series of instrument ‘solos’ – recordings of individual performers impersonating the chirp of a single cricket – that play on small speakers, indoors and out. Several musicians, scattered around the grounds of Collins Park, play the sound of ‘solo’ crickets during a live performance on Public’s opening night, Wednesday, December 4, 8:30pm to 10pm.
Crickets Solo for Clarinet; Violin; Flute; Percussion, 2013
Sound installations; Solo show at galerie frank elbaz, 2013
Photo by Zarko Vijatovic
galerie frank elbaz | N4