Calum Stirling

Image: Remote Village,
Copyright the artist 2019

building/Sines: - video still


running time: 5mins
aspect: 4:3
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The video work Building/sines captures the performance of the Kraftwerk song The Model played by Joan Chia on bells of the National Carillon in Canberra, Australia. The work examines new contexts for the performance of electronic music in public locations and the pastoral nature of contemporary music in manmade landscapes.

The carillon was a gift from the British government to the people of Australia to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the National Capital. The music policy at the carillon is administered by the Australian National Capital Authority. Stirling’s commission was the first electronic music re-scored for the bells of the carillon. Music is an intrinsically politicised medium but to describe the carillon
purely as a monument would be to downplay its role as a musical instrument. To stand in the bell tower cavity, which occupies the space of a 2-story building, is to recognise a structure principally designed to project sound, innocent of its exterior political and monumental motives. A new kind of acoustic folly.