Ever been to a surround sound concert? It’s a completely new experience that will blow your socks off…
Sounds Like THIS Festival is back with an eclectic line-up of boundary-pushing events, including this little beauty. On Tuesday 19th March 2019, four incredible electroacoustic artists will come together to present an unmissable night of music. It’s like nothing you’ve experienced before, a totally immersive audio performance that will take you on a journey of discovery, but that’s just the beginning because there will be craft beer and maybe even street food too.
These four artists will open your eyes to a whole new world of music
Prepare for a sensational night of music as four very different acts take to the stage. Manchester collective Täpp will top-and-tail the event. These super-talented ladies have reinvented classical instruments, creating a fresh new sound that pushes you to places you’ve never been before. You’ll see two conflicting sides to them at the event – they’ll welcome you in with mellow acousmatic sounds before closing the night with an intense 30-minute set that will challenge you to rethink classical music. Expect loop pedals, experimental strings and live vocals.
The show starts in earnest with Eurydice, a mind-bending musical experience from Ramsey Ronalds. Eurydice is in 7.1 surround sound, with seven speakers spread around you to create an immersive dreamscape that will transport you to the moment Orpheus turns and Eurydice fades away. This is one of the most harrowing journeys of all time, when Orpheus ventured into the underworld to save his wife. He had one rule – don’t look back or you’ll lose her forever. And what did he do? He looked back.
It’s hard to imagine what that moment would sound like, but Ramsey has captured it perfectly. It’s like time has been twisted on its axis, with baroque influences alongside electronic music, modern distortion and everyday noise. He plays with the human voice until it’s almost unrecognisable. Eurydice is dark, it’s atmospheric, but it’s also beautiful – and the experience is different for everyone.
Needless to say, that’s a hard act to follow, but critically-acclaimed composer and multi-instrumentalist CHAINES is up for the job. Their music is surreal and fantastical, conjuring images from the darkest places in your mind, while tapping into your most cherished memories. Their live set uses tracks from debut album ‘The King’ as a springboard for improvisation, so you never know what you’ll hear next.
Electroacoustic composer Rob Bentall takes up the mantle next. His genre-hopping sound spans folk, electronic and avant-garde, creating ethereal soundscapes that burrow into your brain. This man is a legend with a nyckelharpa, and if you don’t know what that is, you simply have to come along to find out.
Nothing goes better with a night of music than beer and street food
Before you taste the sweet, sweet nectar of Northern Monk’s best, you have a decision to make – do you want two beers for £12.50 or one beer and a bowl of oh-so-delicious pasta for £15? Whichever you choose, it’ll include entry to the event, so you’ll be all set for an awesome night out.
Northern Monk will be serving Eternal, their session IPA and Archie, their Helles Lager. Pints of house cider are on the table too, alongside single house spirits and mixers, or a small glass of wine. And if you go for food, you’re in for a treat because Luigi Street Food Italiano will be whipping up loaded bowls of fresh pasta for you to chow down on. Will it be gnocchi with cacio & pepe, tagliatelle al ragù or gnocchi with vegan bolognese? The choice is yours!
Everything you need to know
The fun starts at 6pm in The Chapter Hall at Northern Monk. We’ll be serving food to those of you who’ve signed up for a tasty feed until 7:30pm. At 7pm, Täpp will start their first set, so even if you’re sticking to beers, it’s worth getting there early. Ramsey Ronalds takes over at 7:45pm, then you’ve got 15 minutes to run to the bar and grab another drink before the final performances from CHAINES, Rob Bentall and Täpp at 8:30pm.
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