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It was fun making an extended mix of music & sound design for the 'Plastic Fantastic' exhibition at The University of Sheffield. The exhibition used an excerpt of my piece 'Sketch 2: A rare collection of metals' which can be heard in its entirety here.


Thank you to Gerardo Estrada for asking me to produce something for this, Gerardo wanted the music to create a sense of tension and urgency for the audience navigating the exhibition. Gerardo's work often focusses on environmentally friendly 'passive' architecture, and he is currently researching and exploring the phenomenological experiences we have in architecture.


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  • Will Davenport

‘Shimmer’ is a piece written for LSO Violist Anna Bastow, Electronics and Augmented Reality. The piece was commissioned by Brookfield Properties to be part of an immersive installation around the area of 2 London Wall Place (London, United Kingdom EC2Y 5AU).

PLAY: Harmony is an immersive music and art experience which comprises of site specific compositions, involving London Symphony Orchestra musicians and Guildhall School of Music students, alongside augmented reality artworks. The projects marks the second year of collaboration with Culture Mile and the Culture & Commerce task-force in London.

Click here to learn more about the immersive experience and app.

My piece was written for the water feature situated around 1 London Wall Place, and my intention was to capture the illusive beauty of the feature - water and its movement, reflection and refraction. Shimmer uses layers of the viola, and electronics (which are refracted and manipulated live by the viola) to create shimmering textures that feel both static and yet also teaming with movement and energy.

Upon visiting the water feature I was struck by its minimalism and stasis from a distance; the water almost forms a reflective mirror to the local modernist architecture, and yet when you zoom in on the water the intricate reflections are constantly moving. This is what I a have tried to reflect within the piece, through simple chords being held (resembling a distant perspective), and minute arpeggios, harmonics, and dancing electronics adding to the texture (resembling the close-up detail.)



I am often inspired by the work of David Hockney, and have always been fascinated by how he captures water in playful ways, capturing a sense of movement and different visual layers. Hockney carefully balances what we can see: the bottom of a pool, the reflections of the surface of the water, the ripples of water and even the deeper currents of water. He manages to do this with very simple bold shapes and colours and I try to do the same within the music, creating a layered experience.

You can listen to the piece here.

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ESCAPE is an interactive online event of new music for String Quartet and Electronics, curated by myself.


The music is performed by The Brompton Quartet and features a plethora of new music by Will Davenport, Millicent James, Jamie Unie, Ellie Parker, James Allen, Mathis Saunier and Kit McCarthy.


The Brompton String Quartet is comprised of musicians from the UK, Poland and Slovenia. They were winners of the 2019 St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition and are featured Making Music Artists. Since forming in October 2018, the quartet have received coaching from artists such as Alfred Brendel, Daniel Rowland, Mats Zitterqvist, Heinz Holliger, Rafael Todes, Jon Thorne and the Marmen and Harlem Quartets. They seize every opportunity to learn and develop and look forward to participating in the Wye Valley Summer Residency next year.


Programme:

Millicent James - Projection

Mathis Saunier - ODYSSEY Y

James Allen - Loving You (Elvis Cover)

Kit McCarthy - Wherever I have Lived

James Allen - True Love (Elvis Cover)

Jamie Unie - Downstream

Ellie Parker - Escape on an Adventure

Will Davenport - i. Bounce, Crash and ii. Shake, Scratch

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