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See music and art combine to take over Glasgow for Sonica

'Helmholtz' at Sonica, Glasgow
Tom Weightman

An installation showing sounds visualised as a beautiful LED display is just one of the highlights of the Sonica Festival coming to Glasgow October 29-November 8. Taking over venues across the city, the fest will also include a unique performance inside Hamilton Mausoleum and installations at Govanhill Baths.

Sonica aims to explore the boundary where music, visual art, live performance and digital technology meet and is produced by art house Cryptic. The full programme features 18 world and UK premieres and aims to present new works in non-conventional venues.

Helmholtz’ uses LED lights to give the sense of being immersed in a space that's sensitive to sound with the volume impacting the movement of the lighting, and is to be installed in the Tower Base of the Glasgow Science Centre. The installation, the first from sound art collective Wintour’s Leap, will provide the stage for performances from the Maxwell String Quartet and the Dunedin Consort during the first weekend of the festival.

Other events include a performance of musician and sound artist Lauren Sarah Hayes’ ‘15 Seconds’ inside the Hamilton Mausoleum, which has the longest echo in any man-made structure; three separate installations, including a large-scale kinetic sculpture from Indonesian visual artist and theatre-maker Jompet Kuswidananto, inside the Govanhill Baths; and the UK premiere of David Fennessy's ‘Caruso (Gold is the sweat of the sun)’, which uses filmmaker Werner Herzog’s diaries of the making of the film ‘Fitzcarraldo’ and features extracts from gramophone recordings made by Italian tenor Caruso between 1903 and 1908.

The full programme, which includes music, performance, multimedia works and visual art, is out now.

Sonica, October 29-November 8, various venues.

See more things to do in Glasgow from Time Out.

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