Residency & Performance
Somerset House Studios

Listening to the Dark: Beatrice Dillon

Sat 21 Oct 2017
The Deadhouse
South Wing

Pioneering composer and producer Beatrice Dillon takes up residence in The Deadhouse for a new co-commission in partnership with Abandon Normal Devices

Taking up residence throughout September, Beatrice’s focus will be Pauline Oliveros, the influential experimental composer and electronic music pioneer who died last year, and her concept of ‘deep listening’, which advocated for the active and thoughtful awareness of sound. Beatrice will use The Deadhouse space to develop and test the new work, before premiering the piece deep inside Peak Cavern, one of four show caves in Castleton, Derbyshire, as part of the 2017 AND Festival programme.

Somerset House Studios will present a special sharing of the work inside The Deadhouse itself on Saturday October 21.

Oliveros coined the concept ‘Deep Listening’ in 1988, after descending four metres into an underground cistern to make a recording. Taking inspiration from Oliveros’ subterranean expeditions, Dillon will descend into the caves, caverns and veins of the Peak District, revisiting the theory of deep listening to create an immersive installation deep inside the cave. Beatrice Dillon - Listening in the Dark is presented at Peak Cavern, Castleton 22-24 September 2017

Listening to the Dark Residency is a new commission by Abandon Normal Devices and Somerset House Studios.

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