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Saturday 28th May 2022

‎polyphony (World Premiere)

— Unit 21, Ground Floor, The Galleries
An immersive audio installation composed from the weaving and splicing of conversations with people across the country by Verity Standen.
price: Headfirst Tickets


“Immersive audio experience in the soon-to-be-redeveloped Galleries shopping centre. Bringing to life a cacophony of human voices - spliced conversations, intimate breaths, clicking tongues and all the dialectical quirks of this very strange island.”
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polyphony by Verity Standen

An intricate homage to the human voice.

Step inside polyphony, an immersive audio installation composed from the weaving and splicing of conversations with people across the country.

How many times have you cleared your throat today?

Has your voice ever surprised you?

In here is a detailed tapestry of composition. Voices that have changed dramatically, trained voices, shy voices. Voices that have been quietened. Voices ready to sing

Listen a while.

In the autumn of last year Verity and her collaborators started interviewing people about their voices. Mostly outside, on park benches. From Middlesborough to London, Cumbria to Bristol, they asked people about the way they speak and sing, listened to their stories that have shaped their voices.

polyphony captures these conversations in intricate detail. So we can hear all the unique sounds that surround the words. Swallows, breaths, hesitations. In a time of distance, this is a celebration of the intimate, deeply human noises we can only hear close-up.

A flurry of laughter
A circle of ums and errs
A song of breath
A wall of tongues meeting teeth
There are two types of tickets available for polyphony: general tickets (up to a maximum capacity of 30 people per performance) and bubble tickets (which will allow you to experience the entire piece solo or with your own group).

Age guidance: 12+
Running time: 40 minutes

Conceived and composed by Verity Standen
Composed by Yas Clarke
Designer Ben Pacey
Production Manager Mark Munday
Produced by MAYK

This marks a new collaboration for MAYK and Bristol New Music as we join forces to present this exciting new work to Bristol audiences across our two programmes.

Presented with Bristol New Music and supported by Arts Council England.

Verity Standen
Verity Standen is known for inviting audiences to experience music in different ways. Her live performances have surrounded people in song (Undersong, Mayfest 2018), had audiences embraced by singers (HUG), and provided concerts for a single person at a time (Symphony, Mayfest 2016). polyphony is an exploration of voice and intimacy, created over a period when bringing voices together live has been impossible.

Yas Clarke is a sound artist and musician interested in the relationship between different kinds of natural processes. He has worked with Verity to layer and ‘play’ these voices through the installation.


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