IOU celebrates its 40th anniversary with a series of interactive shows along the Calder Valley. Long Division, will be presented in the beautiful Unitarian Church.
Long Division is a hauntingly atmospheric sound installation with words by Hebden Bridge based writer Louise Oliver and soundscape by Todmorden based composer Dan Morrison.
As the church clock chimes on the hour, there follows a sequence of sixty hushed, spoken exchanges, timed to the divisions of the clock. The whispering phrases gather in intensity second by second creating rhythmic speech patterns that send a wash of sound rippling around the walls. Rising up beneath the voices, a soundscape evolves, resonant of patterns in nature and cycles of growth and decay. The sequence lasts one hour and repeats three times as day merges into night. Long Division was originally commissioned by Oxford Contemporary Music and Oxford Botanic Garden.