Anthropocene in C major • Glam Adelaide
A monotonous soundscape without the possibility of interpreting it during the performance.
Presented by Electric dreams
Reviewed February 19, 2022
Some things seem like a good idea.
The Anthropocene is defined as “the current geological age, considered to be the period during which human activity had the dominant influence on the climate and the environment”. Anthropocene in C major attempts to turn approximately 12,000 years of data into sound to record this human impact on the earth.
Composer, producer and performer, Jamie Perera, is joined by Julian Ferraretto to present a live soundscape of 45 minutes of music and short excerpts from historic voice recordings. They attempt to transform Earth system trends, global socio-economic trends, fossil fuel consumption, biodiversity loss and major events of the Anthropocene era into sound and music.
They don’t. At least not from the public’s point of view.
A downloadable performance guide gives some pointers to their interpretation, but the graph is impossible to read in the dimness of performance, and it offers no real explanation to the layman anyway. The visuals used during the show, projected onto a standard presentation screen, divide film footage and still images into ever-shrinking horizontal bands, creating a visual jumble of meaningless footage that offers no way to interpret the monotonous soundscape.
The music is more like a pulsing buzz than a melody, but the concept could have been quite intriguing if the visuals tied directly to the sounds so the audience could connect the dots themselves. Instead, those who stayed until the end remained in obscurity.
Reviewed by Rod Lewis
Location: Museum of South Australia, North Tce, Adelaide
Season: Final show on February 22 at 7 p.m.
Duration: 45 minutes
Tickets: $10 to $20
Rating out of 5: 2
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