• Hackney Attic (map)
  • Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street
  • London E8 1HE

Built on Bass brings together a composer, a sound artist and a visual artist and uses setting, sound and projections to create a multi­-sensory musical environment. Taking a four hundred year-old form defined by variations against a bass motif, they connect a passacaglia-inspired programme written in the last fifty years and create a twenty-first century experience, interacting with the written repertoire through live electronic collaborations that explore the physical sensation of sound and auditory-­visual interactions.

The world premiere of a commission from “distinctive” (MusicWeb International) composer Robert Fokkens features in an irresistible confluence of timelessness, change, cycles and variance alongside Pärt’s mesmeric Passacaglia in its version for 2 violins and Shostakovich’s powerful Chamber Symphony op.118a.

Inspired by and sampling the programmed repertoire, sound artist, producer and DJ, Tpongle, creates a 'passacaglia for the present', weaving a bass thread through the night, culminating in a live electronic set. Zack Walker's striking projections will extend the sound experience in space using his live liquid cymatics sculpture, original film content and analog feedback projections to respond to the live musical performance. 

Arvo Pärt  Passacaglia

Robert Fokkens  New Commission  world premiere

Dmitri Shostakovich  Chamber Symphony op.118a


Tpongle  Live electronic set

Zach Walker  Live cymatics sculpture


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