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Speaking Tubes Online: New Commissions

Experience new music commissions in immersive surround sound.

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From May 2020 over a period of six weeks, IOU released three new commissions by emerging and established musicians and sound artists originally developed for Speaking Tubes.

Speaking Tubes is a large-scale sculptural sound installation made of gleaming galvinised steel and air-ducting tubes, designed to create a vortex of travelling sound. Audio versions of each composition were created using spatialisation technology to mirror the feeling of being immersed in sound within the physical sculpture as each musician intended. Listen at home and feel as if you are standing in the centre of a virtual 360° sculpture  to experience the music in a similar way to how it works within the Speaking Tubes installation.

The original work commissioned for Speaking Tubes when it first launched in 2012, was 'Shooting at Clouds' created by internationally acclaimed composer Yannis Kyriakides. 

Listen to the premiere of the spatialised version of 'Shooting at Clouds' here:

IOU Theatre · Speaking Tubes Spatial - Yannis Kyriakides

Discover more about Yannis Kyriakides here.

Listen to the spatialised version of 'Forties and Fives' by Katie English here:

Discover more about Katie English here.

Listen to the spatialised version of 'Abiogenesis Tessellation' by Loui Binns here:

IOU Theatre · Speaking Tubes Spatial - Foetal Zulu - Abiogenesis Tessellation

Discover more about Loui Binns here

Listen to the spatialised version of 'In a Still Place' by Jo Thomas here:

IOU Theatre · Speaking Tubes Spatial - Jo Thomas - In A Still Place

Discover more about this work and composer Jo Thomas here.

Speaking Tubes was devised and designed by IOU's Artistic Director David Wheeler