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Expanding on my affinity towards Salford’s Adelphi Building, I wanted a piece to showcase a further exploration of the facility’s diverse spaces. Drawing inspiration from John Cage’s 4’33”, the concept for “Peripatos” involves four observers/listeners situated at different locations within the Adelphi Building. Each observer’s sonic experience is captured by a stereo recorder, with each system utilising different pairs of matched microphones, representing the nuances of each individual’s different auditory systems.
Further to the observers, a voice performer walks along a route running through all observer locations whilst humming a motif from Bedřich Smetana’s Vltava. The performer’s inaccurate and relaxed reciting was preferred over a more musical one, as to depict a more usual scene of walking around the Adelphi Building, alongside an exuberant but reserved individual whistling a famous motif.
The final composition consists of the superimposed individual recording, with the graphic score depicting the time points at which each observer begins to hear the performer arriving at their location. Further to this, most other captured audio events have been transcribed, as to allow the listener to identify each location’s individual sonic environment.
Roy Medhurst – voice, walking
Katie Tavini, John Wallace, Alex Alexandrou – Recording assistants
Performed at the Adelphi Building, University of Salford, 2011