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Equivalence (electroacoustic music, 2007)


First performance - CBSO Centre, Birmingham, March 2007

A nod in the direction of sculptor Carl Andre, and photographer Alfred Stieglitz.

Carl Andre is best known for his work Equivalent VIII made from 120 firebricks laid out in a block on the Tate Gallery floor; the work's title is derived from the earlier work of photographer, Alfred Stieglitz.

Stieglitz's 400 extraordinary black and white cloud photographs, Equivalents from the 1920s and 1930s (first called Music and Songs of the Sky), are abstract(ed) images of clouds. He said "I have a vision of life and I try to find equivalents for it sometimes in the form of photographs." More resonant for me is his statement: "There is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality. That's what I'm trying to get down in photography."

Thanks to Diana Simpson for performing much of the original source sound.