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Thomson + Craighead Diminished Seventh
Bells attached to sheep grazing around St Mary’s church in the centre of Ashford chime a diminished seventh chord, frequently the penultimate chord used in a composition’s final cadence to the tonic. This never-quite-resolving random music generator functions as a primitive software. Diminished 7th is a departure from Thomson and Craighead’s better-known networked pieces such as Unprepared Piano, which hijacks MIDI files from the Internet to play an endless concerto of compositional feeds regardless of the instruments for which they were intended. Their consistent interest in the John Cage’s various experiments into limited authorship is demonstrated by using sheep rather than the Internet as a way to create aleatoric music.
Play Diminished 7th
Location – The grounds of St Mary’s