Thirteen women were to travel.
Thirteen women can be heard online.
Sonorities, Belfast 2020 has been cancelled. It is one of the many sonic art casualties of the COVID19 pandemic. Tale Of A Great Sham(e)Text is a transmedia text, and was one of the works which was due to be featured in a listening room, to be heard over the entire period of the festival.
Martina Murray, Niamh Browne, Maura McHugh, Pauline Ashwood, Ashling Cahill, Jane Walsh, Lelia Doolan, Dara O’Hare, Eibhlis Farrell, Karlin Lillington and Mary McDonald are 12 of the 13, I’m the last. I extend a huge thank you to everyone involved. Thanks for taking the time to record the phrases and thanks for taking time to engage with the history. Thank you also, to the curators at Sonorities, for selecting the work.
There is already a blog explaining the inspirations and motives for the project, so please, go check it out.
Tale Of A Great Sham(e)Text is a game score, a twitter bot, a sound cloud playlist, an improvisation, and an electroacoustic performance.
Here’s the game score
The game score is designed as the base for improvisation within a web browser.
It is possible for any instrument or voice to interpret the audio and visuals, but I originally envisaged it would be for Female Voice(s), Brass Instrument(s) and Computer.
The computer performer triggers the score using SPACE
Between 0:00 and 1:20 the computer performer needs to press the keys Q,A,Z to trigger audio and T, G, B, Y, U, H, J to trigger text. Instrumentalist(s) will take inspiration from the elongated bars, the vocalist(s) are to interpret the text.
At 1:20 the audio keys are moved to W, S, X, and the text keys will continue as T, G, B, Y, U, H, J. The Instrumentalist(s) will interpret the random QR boxes, the vocalist are to interpret the text.
At 2:40 the screen goes black, here the computer performer can trigger both audio and visuals. Audio = E, D, C, and the QR codes are I, O, K, L (Other performers can check the QR codes to reveal the text)
At 3:50 the audio keys shift to R, F, V and the Text Keys return to T, G, B, Y. At some point after this the M key will become available, as the final QR code is displayed. The Instrumentalist(s) and Vocalist(s) are free to interpret what they see/hear.
Try it out, test the sounds and the visuals. Compose your own version of Tale Of A Great Sham(e)Text.
There is a Twitter Bot, if you are on Twitter please could you follow it.
The twitter bot has been randomly tweeting phrases and images for 12 months now, it is faithfully sharing phrases from the work of Anna Parnell. Tale of a Great Sham was written in 1902 and was published in 1986. Tale of a Great Shame details the life and times of the Ladies Land League.
Sound Cloud Playlist
The soundcloud page is linked to a podcast. Please go listen, follow and share.
The piece of resistance was a black silk skirt. (Parnell 1986)