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Irmin Schmidt & Kumo

Flies, Guys and Choirs
a sound installation by Irmin Schmidt & Kumo
112 min, 5.1 surround sound
with film by Kumo, Sandra Podmore and Kate Shipp
 

Flies, Guys and Choirs was originally commissioned by the Barbican Centre, London for the Elektronic Festival, 2001. Running continuously through a specially designed 35 speaker system, the installation mingled with and expanded upon the sounds of the vast 3 storey foyer at the Barbican - one of London's biggest and most prestigious art centres. Composed in 16 channel audio, spatialization and distribution of sound throughout space is a central part of the piece, and the transformation of the sounds of people within public space into the bizarre and beautiful is it's driving force.

Since it's 1st run in 2001 the piece has been developed further. It has been mixed to 5.1 surround sound to be compatible with commercially available systems and smaller spaces. More dramatically the piece now also contains a visual aspect, a specially directed full length film running synchronised with the piece, expanding upon and exploring the ideas in the music more deeply than was previously possible.

The piece can be (and has been) performed and installed in a number of ways - at it's simplest a professional quality 5.1 surround DVD system with video projection for small spaces; through cinema presentations; up to it's most luxurious as a multi-channel, multiscreen installation for large public spaces.