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The Celestials

Year:  2005

Year:  2005

Composer:   Alison Isadora


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The Celestials was Alison Isadora's first musical response to the Wild Creations residency programme after heading back to Amsterdam. The composer spent November and December 2005 in Bannockburn, Central Otago collecting sound material. Through her research and connection with local artist, Odelle Morshuis, Alison uncovered the stories and sounds of the land. In her searching account, Re:Connections, 19th Century Chinese gold miners are juxtaposed with thier contemporary Chinese e-waste workers.

The premiere of The Celestials was a semi-improvised live electronics work in collaboration with Nathalie Latham, an Australian film-maker based in Paris, which was performed in the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam in January 2006 to an audience of several hundreds. Sound sources included sounds from the Bannockburn sluicings and traditional Chinese chamber music.