INVISIBLE Music, a live event created by Platform 4, associate artists at Poole’s Lighthouse centre for the arts, has been transformed into a digital piece, blending film and soundscape to create an immersive and intimate meditation on hearing loss.
The work explores the sensation of losing your hearing. Platform 4 hopes that the digital world premiere at 8pm on Wednesday 15rh July will raise awareness for the 12 million individuals in the UK with hearing difficulties.
Invisible Music is a collection of moving stories which form a loose narrative guided through musical moments and verbatim audio, drawn from the personal experiences of Platform 4’s artistic director, Catherine Church, her mother and others at her local lip-reading group.
With striking projections by digital artist Barret Hodgson (who has worked with Fatboy Slim and Motionhouse, among others) and the acoustic delights of musical director Pete Flood (Bellowhead, Marc Almond) and sound designer Jules Bushell (Walk the Plank, Kneehigh, BBC), the film describes the array of emotions that come with hearing loss, from anger to loneliness, as well as the unexpected comforts in what we often take for granted.
“This is my most personal piece to date,” says Catherine Church. “It’s inspired by my mother and her own experiences of gradually losing her hearing. Attending her lip-reading classes was quite a revelation, I hadn’t realised how much she was lip reading.
“I was also struck by how many of these seemingly ‘proper’ people were having quite a hallucinogenic experience of the world day to day! Living through the last few weeks of coronavirus has made me think about how the gradual isolation that hearing loss brings is similar to the gradual losses we have all noticed in our lives in quarantine.”
The film will be captioned, enabling the message at the heart of the piece to be shared by a broader audience. The project has been supported by emergency funding from Arts Council England.
Other local venues which will be streaming the film are Pound Arts Centre; at Corsham, Southampton’s Turner Sims concert hall, Exeter’s Phoenix arts centre and the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis. Visit www.platform4.org