a deep blue shimmering haze
Kate Tempany is the 2019 Grainger Museum Composer-in-Residence. Kate’s composition, a deep blue shimmering haze, was created as an interactive soundscape for this exhibition, and as an invitation to visitors to play the Federation Handbells.
“Percy Grainger described the sound of opera singer Nellie Melba’s voice as having ‘the searching, continuous, trancelike vibrations of the middle-distance blues in Australian upcountry-scapes’. This vivid image inspired me as I began working with the bell sounds. Subconsciously I began to hear the long ‘beats’ of the cluster chords as mountain ranges, undulating forms stretching into the distance – earth waves like the sonic waves of the bells. I was filled with a sense of time on a vast scale, and the feeling of impermanence which often attends such thoughts."