Heterodyne is a new project that will invite composers and musicians to 'score' roads ultimately creating a rich database of site-specific audio pieces for roads throughout Ireland and internationally.
My name is Fiona Hallinan, and I'm an Irish artist who has been creating site-specific audio works for the past six years, including It's an Audio Detour: a permanent commission for Project Arts Centre, The You That Is In It: a walking tour for IMMA, Three Rock Mountain Study for Repo Man at Kerlin Gallery and Roadscore: a research project and installation about the I95 highway for Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. I am also an event organiser, co-ordinating Fraoch yoga retreats and HOMESTAY: an experiment in hospitality, a large scale social project for Science Gallery's Hack the City festival.
Five Scores for the Military Road is the first iteration of Heterodyne and five unique composers have accepted the task of scoring the Military Road, a nineteenth century route that passes through the Wicklow mountains. The composers are Caoimhín Ó'Raghallaigh, Cian Nugent, John Lambert (Chequerboard), ARROW-SHOWER and Brendan William Jenkinson.
The five scores will be contextualized with an original soundscape of field recordings created by sound designer Tadhg O'Sullivan.
The scores will be launched with a one-off event for funders who have pledged a certain amount in June 2013. Minibuses will leave Dublin loaded with the entire sound piece to be played along the road and deliver funders to the Military Barracks at Aghavannagh for a live music performance and reception. Funders who pledge over €50 will be invited to this special event, while those who fund over €75 will be given a space in mini-buses, which will leave Dublin and transport guests to the launch while playing the specially created scores.
The money raised will go to paying all the commissioned composers a fee and towards the print and design of limited edition promotional posters and CDs by the Dublin design studio Distinctive Repetition, with photography by Sean Breithaupt. It will also pay for this special launch event, which will act as a showcase for the project over all.
This iteration of Heterodyne is considered to be the first in a series of projects that will commission sound designers, composers, writers and poets to create site-specific audio pieces for roads. In funding Heterodyne: Five Scores for the Military Road you are not only funding a one-off commission, you are supporting the initiation of a totally new platform for commissioning original music.
Thanks for your time.
Music on video, with thanks, by Chequerboard.
Filming by Alex Synge.