Sarah Pickthall’s choice: Headspace meets Skoog

Clarence playing HeadspaceI’m currently working flat out on an Arts Council commission called Heads Up – 8 short films focusing on the Creative Case for Diversity as experienced by 8 prominent arts leaders working across the arts and museum sectors.  One of these films explores the work and life of the brilliant Ian Ritchie – Director of the City of London Festival and his passion for new sound worlds embodied in the recent work of Clarence Adoo and his Headspace instrument and its fusion with the ingenious tactile soundcube called Skoog developed through a NESTA funded project working with disabled young people in schools in Scotland. The combination is my Short Circuit Digital Masterpiece!

The Creative Case for Diversity is about innovation and in this case technological advances – these 2 ‘instruments’ both digital together allow Clarence –  an outstanding musician to play music with subtlety and nuance using more of himself again.  Last year at the City of London Festival (COLF), Ian Ritchie commissioned composer Nigel Osborne to make a new piece Love and Money for Headspace and the Skoog for Clarence Adoo and his ensemble to play as part of the 50th anniversary of COLF.  In the edit of our film, myself and filmmaker collaborator Abbie Norris have had the pleasure to hear this extraordinary new work and to also tap into Clarence’s earlier Trumpet repertoire sampled into the piece and to use this for the film’s soundtrack.  This is a perfect example of digital innovation and disabled artistry colliding and its contribution to what Ian describes as ‘a new concert scene’, very significant.

The Heads Up films will be released online with through the Arts Council website and The Creative Case website hosted by Disability Arts Online in late May, early June.

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