Located on the train journey between London St Pancras and Margate, Sonorama is an audio work by composer Claudia Molitor that offers sounds and voices for the otherwise silent view from the train. The work is downloadable as an app for listening with headphones.
Imagining the journey itself as the ‘score’ Molitor has composed a cycle of works and collected interviews, readings and archival material which respond to both the present, and the history of the route. With each track relating to a different point or area on the line, the work has been informed through a collaboration with historian David Hendy and the British Library. The tracks imagine topics as diverse as visio-centricity, Roman history and hop-picking, with a variety of contributors such as flautist Jan Hendrickse, saxophonist Evan Parker and writer Charlotte Higgins.
Sonorama: Listening to the view from the train, is a companion to the audio experience. It reproduces the complete graphic score of Molitor’s interpretation of the journey, locating the thinking behind the composition and the selection of other material.
Claudia Molitor is a composer and artist whose work stems from a curiosity in unnoticed and fragile sounds, structures and thoughts, exploring the hierarchies at play in listening and seeing. Recent projects include Promming (with listening stick), a headphones piece for the 2012 BBC Proms Music Walk, Sounding the View, the culmination of a workshop exploring the sounds heard in the view from Tate Britain in 2013, the desk-opera Remember Me…, produced by Cryptic, which was performed over forty times around Europe throughout 2013/14 and Vast White Stillness, part performance, part installation, commissioned for Spitalfields Festival 2014 and performed at the 2015 Brighton Festival.
Number of pages: 88
Dimensions:234 x142 mm
Claudia Molitor is a composer whose work articulates a dynamic pluralism which draws upon the tradition of classical music but also extends across contemporary art practices, such as video art, installation art, sound art and visual art. In her practice, the score often becomes a site of exploration in which the conventions of notation, the qualification of sonic phenomenon and the historical hierarchies of sound are interrogated.
Claudia’s work is regularly performed and broadcast throughout Europe and has been performed at festivals such as Wien Modern, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Ecat, the VI Festival de Musica Contemporania de Girona, the ÖBV Grabenfest, Sonic Explorations at Kingsplace and the Wire Magazine’s “Off the Page” festival. She has been commissioned, amongst others, by the London Sinfonietta, hcmf//, the BBC, Sound and Music and the Royal Philharmonic Society. Recordings have been included in releases on the Jerwood Series, NMC Recordings, ORF 1 recordings and Sub Rosa.