Instrumentation sound and light theatre for 3 musicians playing safety matches, sandpaper, sand and water, with amplification, optional distortion effects and lighting
Category 2-6 Instruments
Publication year 2022
Catalogue no. C.1885
Duration 14 minutes
Lightness is a study in total darkness, with crisp sounds from amplified matches and matchboxes. Three performers light, strike, extinguish, and shake matches and matchboxes in a tightly composed sequence. The sound elements create a varied instrumentation that sounds by turns raw, military and expressive. Each strike of a match, followed by a small flame, illuminates the performance space just enough to connect the visual and aural expressions in an artistic chain of cause and effect. Everyday objects are transformed into a kind of artistic expression with something as mundane as striking a match followed by something as magnificent as dispelling darkness with sound and light.