Martin Suckling String Quintet, Emily’s Electrical Absence (world premiere)
Schubert String Quintet in C Major
New poetry by Frances Leviston
Poems by Emily Dickinson
Aurora Principal Players
Professor Markys Cain physicist
Frances Leviston poet
Simon Barraclough host
Technology has rapidly transformed the way we store memory and our very own relationship to this critical aspect of being human. What can music and poetry tell us about this dramatic shift in our everyday lives?
In this cross-disciplinary event, we collaborate with Poet in the City to uncover the story of a groundbreaking new technology that will enable us to remember more than ever before. Through the world premieres of electrically-charged new music and poetry, we explore the question: what happens when matter, music, and language are placed under pressure?
Inspired by this question, composer Martin Suckling and poet Francis Leviston have created new works that draw on the memory of two great artistic forebearers, Franz Schubert and Emily Dickinson.
Suckling explores the idea of music under pressure by echoing, distorting, and crystallising fragments of Schubert’s sublime String Quintet. Leviston references the voltage of Dickinson’s densely packed poems and wonders how Dickinson might have responded to this advance in technology. Experience these two world premieres alongside a performance of Schubert’s String Quintet, readings of Dickinson’s works, and reflections from physicist Professor Markys Cain, one of the pioneers spearheading this new technology.
Commissioned by Bio Nano Consulting Ltd for the dissemination of PETMEM (Piezoelectronic Transduction Memory Device), a European Commission-funded project which brings together universities, research institutions and companies to explore low-voltage memory technologies.