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The Merlin Theatre, July 09

Saturday 4th to Sunday 5th July 2009, Piano Migrations at the Merlin Theatre, as part of the Frome Festival. New Piano Migrations pieces have been made possible through funding from Arts Council England. The video below shows documentation of the workshops and installations, followed by extracts from the live performance (at 1m28).

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Saturday 4 July - 12pm to 4pm, Free (£3 suggested donation)
Workshop: Map a route of your choice into sound through a winding music box in the foyer.
Installation: A video of birds provokes the playing of a hanging upright piano in the Main Auditorium.
Performances: Every hour on the half hour, works for player piano and self-playing toy piano.
Informal Talks: On bird ecology by Dr. Lisa Thomas.
On-Line: Interactive journey-mapping music box programmed by digital artist Ed Holroyd.

Sunday 5 July - 4pm to 6pm, Tickets £5
4pm: Saturday Workshops & Installations continue.
4:30pm: Pre-Concert talk about Piano Migrations.
5pm: Concert of music & visuals based on journeys mapped in the workshop, performed on pianos, music boxes, live electronics & theremins with Kathy Hinde, i am the mighty jungulator and Nahum Mantra.

The Merlin Theatre, Bath Road, Frome, BA11 2HG
Box Office: 01373 465 949

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Projection of birds triggeres devices to play piano strings
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Player Piano at the Merlin Theatre, Photo: Raymond May
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Participant playing music box map / score
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Player Piano composition 'The Marsh Tit', photo: Raymond May
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Participant making music box map / score
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Live performance at Merlin Theatre
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Matthew Olden working with his 'jungulator' surround sound software
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Live performance at Merlin Theatre
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Video projection onto strings, birds triggering devices to play strings
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Using where audience travelled from as live score