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Q&A with composer Thea Musgrave #Objects
7 September 2015

1) What was it that drew you to the space in the Science Museum that you picked for this project?

When entering the Hall of Power in the Museum the sheer mechanical precision and lifeless souls of the machinery gave me a strong impression of how humankind has been able to extend its control over nature in extraordinary and often fearful ways.

2) Is there a certain musical effect/technique you have used to help bring this object/space to life?

I attempted to give voice to the slow start and gathering momentum along with exciting dexterity that these several different machines had: in short a life of their own!

3) Your piece is going to be premiered at the Science Museum in October in a unique walk-through concert with Aurora Orchestra. What are you most looking forward to about this event?

I hope that the variety and individual aura of each of the different instrumental works will give the hearers an added dimension to the scope and wonder of what Science has achieved for us all.

4) What is the value of a project like this linking two disciplines (science & music)? Can one enhance the appreciation of the other?

Absolutely! The wonders and abstract mysteries of science correspond very similarly to the abstract and real properties and impact of music.

5) What bit of science/technology could you not live without?

My iPad. I’m hooked!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Objects at an Exhibition concert will take place at 7:45pm at the Science Museum on Saturday 3 October 2015. Further details of the event and the complete 6-track album can be found here.

 

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