Women Make Music: Catherine Kontz
An interactive sonic adventure listening to London’s lost river Fleet
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A bold new work combining music and interactive performance in an exploration of London’s lost river, Fleet Footing is a music walk charting a course along the path of the River Fleet through live, interactive and recorded materials.
Having flowed through history as a site for religion, trade, medicine and scandal, the Fleet was gradually covered up by the city’s development. Though all but invisible now, the river’s impact on London has left clues and hints behind: in the curves of the streets, the names of the roads, the viaducts across what is now only asphalt..
Combining a site-responsive sonic work with a specially commissioned map, Fleet Footing enables participants to follow this forgotten part of London’s landscape from its source at Hampstead to its mouth at Blackfriars, discovering as they walk the river’s history.
Using binaural sound recording technology, the boundaries between musical space and urban location will be blurred to allow a creative rediscovery of local geography. Composer Catherine Kontz teams up with writer Sarah Grange to create this music walk that unearths the Fleet’s rich history. With dramatic guidance, the participants become performers themselves within the blend of recorded material and the sound of the city to create an interactive and immersive experience.
Catherine Kontz (b. 1976) is a London-based composer whose works explore nonlinear form, visual/spatial elements, and musical theatricality. She holds a doctorate in composition from Goldsmiths, University of London. Recent commissions include works for EXAUDI, ensemble recherche and CoMA. www.catherinekontz.com