a deep blue shimmering haze

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a deep blue shimmering haze


Original music score and audio by Kate Tempany, created for the Bell-Field display of Federation Handbells in the exhibition How it plays: innovations in percussion, 2019. 

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. 

Kate writes:
“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."





Copyright Kate Tempany, 2019