Video and Sound | 720 x 1280
Premiere: Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2019 (Installation in response to Yoko Ono's Grapefruit)
Best viewed on smartphone, with headphones.
Audio | 1 track (single) | 4'22''
released February 2019
Available on Soundcloud, YouTube music, iTunes, Spotify, and other major streaming services.
Ecosystem I (2019)
Graphic Score | Pen + Ink | A2 size (42 x 59.4cm) | Any Ensemble | 10 - 60'0''
Performance: Any Ensemble (Musicians)
Premiere: Dag in de Branding Festival, Zuiderstrandtheater, Den Haag, NL, June 2019
" A study in notation and illustration. In Ecosystem I, players explore and improvise from a two-panel scene of flora in the undergrowth, following their own path through "not-quite" notation and fragments of manuscript".
Graphic Score | Pen + Ink | A3 size (29.7 x 42.cm) | Solo Cello/Bass | 4 - 10'00''
Performance: Solo Cello/Bass
Premiere: Koninklijk Conservatorium, Den Haag, NL, June 2019: Adam Hall (USA), Cello
In Sigil, the performer interprets calligraphic strokes layered over a four-string tablature, which suggest and indicate different playing instructions in the different directions of the score.
Scores for Movement (2019)
Graphic Score | Ink + Brush | A3 size (29.7 x 42.cm) | People or Objects | Variable Duration
Performance: People, Objects
A series of panels for interpretation through dance, movement of people, or the movement of objects
Western Standard Notation | A4 size (21 x 29.7cm) | Solo Piano | c.30'00''
Instrumentation: Solo Piano
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Commissioned in 2018, Partita is a multi-movement work for solo piano, conceived as a recital work to be played in its entirety, and performed without extended technique. The work draws on a number of traditional musical, poetic, and dance forms, which are interspersed across the piece in addition to movements which are entirely through-composed.
Colagens I & II (2018/9)
Installation | Audio + Performance | Performance duration c. 45'00''
installed at DESPINA, Rio de Janeiro, BR, September 2018, and the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, February 2019
Colagens/Coollages is an installation and accompanying audio album of sonic collages, produced as part of the Open Bodies residency (Residência Corpos Abertos) at DESPINA, Rio de Janeiro, BR, during September 2018. The residency, led by DESPINA and the Fruitmarket Gallery, brought Scotland-based artists together with Brazilian artists in Rio, to work in parallel on projects exploring themes of gender and sexuality.
The audio samples used in the project were taken from locations of contemporary and historical importance to the Queer/LGBTQ(+) community of Rio de Janeiro's Zona Sul. Locations included: nightlife venues, places of support and shelter, public spaces, places of celebration, and the streets at day and night. Recordings were taken in the neighbourhoods of: Glória, Centro, Copacabana, Ipanema, Lapa, Urca, Botafogo, Catete, Flamengo, Jardim Botânico, Laranjeiras, and Santa Teresa.
During the installation at DESPINA, individuals followed a trail of deer-prints through the gallery space, along a walkway of found sounds from the city. At the door to the upstairs bathroom, the boy (o menino) offered them a key, and asked if they would like to listen.
During the installation at the Fruitmarket Gallery, audience members moved freely through the gallery throughout the showing, listening to the sound-collages on headphones connected to pink MP3 players mounted on the wall. Henry McPherson then performed using tiles covering a large banner, on which were written pieces of text collected from the residency period in Rio de Janeiro. Henry gradually uncovered the pieces of text, by smashing and rearranging tiles, while the entirety of the album of collages was played through loud-speakers.