1-4 July 2021, 12 - 6pm
Bookable time slots between 12-2pm, 2-4pm, and 4-6pm | Pay what you feel | Book your ticket.

American composer Kali Malone's immersive audio experience Does Spring Hide Its Joy, will receive it’s world premiere from 1-4 July at this year’s Abandon Normal Devices Festival, the UK’s only roaming digital festival which this year has resurfaced at the Manchester Ship Canal and River Mersey. Manifesting as a 4-day multichannel sound installation, Malone offers a deep listening environment in the nineteenth century derelict site of a Grade II Central Hydraulic Tower in Birkenhead Docks, UK. Featuring musicians Stephen O'Malley and Lucy Railton and recorded in the empty Berlin Funkhaus & Monom during the lockdown of spring 2020, the music is a study in long-form, non-linear durational composition, with a heightened focus on septimal just intonation (musical instrument tunings with a limit of 7) and beat interference patterns.

Originally designed by engineer Jesse Hartley in 1868, the Hydraulic Tower, Birkenhead is based on the Palazzo Vecchio, a renaissance cavern in Florence, Italy. Bombed during World War II, the iconic nineteenth-century Grade II listed building has been left unused for decades. In this empty chamber of industrial energy, Malone’s durational composition breathes and bellows through porous brick walls, reverberating toward the surface of dockland waters.

Visitors will be invited into the main hall of the building to listen, walk, sit, and be bathed in the vibrations of the durational audio installation. A specially commissioned film portrait of the installation by filmmaker Célia Hay will be available on the AND website from 1 July through to the final day of the Festival on 11 July.

The work is a durational piece, lasting six hours in total and your ticket will be valid for any time within your chosen two hour window. Walk up tickets will also be available on the door, although it’s best to book in advance.

Government guidance relating to social distancing has been taken into account. Please bring your own face mask. There will be hand washing / sanitising stations around the site.

More details on the website: www.andfestival.org.uk

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