Requiem for 114 Radios by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard
A&E provided technical production and R&D for this magical immersive sound installation. Comissioned by Colston Hall and then as part of Daydreaming with... Stanley Kubrik at Somerset House.
In what appears to be an anonymous archive, 114 domestic, analogue radio sets come to life. Individual voices are broadcast to the sets, and as some radios join together in harmony, others crackle and find the ‘inbetween space’ between clear and broken reception. Collectively these unseen singers perform a dramatic new version of Dies Irae from the Roman Catholic Requiem Mass. The radios call upon an intricate universe of mysterious messages, modulated hisses, mangled voices and incomprehensible words: messages of death permeate a radiophonic babel.