Create your very own musical composition with the brush of a hand over a wall or a tree at the Abbotsford Convent this Autumn.
Children and adults alike will create unique soundscapes at the Convent in May, in a new installation by Playable Streets: 'PLAYSpace.'
You can also go behind the scenes to discover how this innovative work is created, as the Playable Streets team develop 'PLAYSpace' onsite at the Convent in the week leading up to the installation. Learn firsthand about conductive materials, micro controllers and unique coding, as Playable Streets creates interactive musical play spaces, which in turn create unique soundscapes. Then come on the weekend to play!
'PLAYSpace' is an original site-specific musical installation that invites participants to create their own musical compositions using unique digital instruments. Participants can brush their hands over a fern and hear the sounds of violins, or move their hand across a handrail to reveal a pentatonic scale.
'PLAYSpace' will utilise the existing architectural features of the Abbotsford Convent as well as ‘musical sculptures’ – devices that are created to offer visitors a wide range of opportunities for musical expression.
Playable Streets aims to connect people with their surroundings and with each other through the action of touch, as visitors become musical collaborators. Through conductive materials, micro controllers and unique coding, Playable Streets creates interactive musical play spaces which in turn create unique soundscapes.
About the Artists
Glen Walton is a performer, writer, theatre maker, artist, musician and academic with more than 12 years’ experience developing a distinctive style in theatrical and musical creations.
Cayn Borthwick is a contemporary composer whose music is deeply rooted in a sense of place and narrative. Borthwick strives to make music that is both intellectually rigorous and aesthetically pleasing in his practice.
Michael (Pikkle) Henning is a sound engineer, technician, producer, musician and instrument maker. Henning has created many novel and unique instruments from a sub-woofer double bass to an Arduino-powered ‘player piano’ drum machine.
This project was proudly commissioned by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation.
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