Trans​-​Formations live: a Brilliant and Dark remix album

by Ellen Southern

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Welcome to Trans-Formations: a BRILLIANT and DARK remix event

Ellen Southern’s call to remix her composition Of The Brilliant and The Dark was answered by a diverse range of emerging musicians and artists. New work by over 20 participants will be experienced tonight for the first time, creating an integrated one-night-arts-festival. This artist-lead event promises to be an inspiring insight into a wide range of creative processes – we warmly invite you to enjoy the exciting contrasts and the subtle connecting threads of shared inspiration. So join us as we go…Through the listening glass…!

Cover features artwork by Abbie Phillips

Sources the 'remixers' used:

See the REMIX SCORE available to download HERE:

Download of THE BRILLIANT AND THE DARK song cycle HERE:

Of The Brilliant And The Dark – Ellen Southern
Performed by Ellen Southern and Ensemble

Voices - Fiona McAlister, Ellen O’Driscoll, Namvula Rennie, Nichola Richards, Holly Anne Rolfe, Ellen Southern, Kelly Thompson.
Guitar – Tom Bush, Flute - Adel Sahnoun, Double bass - Alex Scaturro.
Projection - Art direction - Ellen Southern, Photography – Namvula Rennie

Songs in the cycle -
Transition-Thread, Cellscape-From The Dark, Transition-First Breath, Landscape-Waking, Transition-Sleepwalking, Seascape-To The Water, Transition-Mirrors, Embroiderers Theme-Lifetimes, Transition-Last Breath, Lullaby-Pearl And White, Transition-Dust.

”The physicality, yet also other-worldliness, of women’s voices in harmony is an ancient and powerful shared instrument. I feel our performance has its own contemporary character, yet is lovingly ‘haunted’ by the original, creating an active, experiential shared space” – Ellen Southern

Of The Brilliant And The Dark was composed in response to an invitation by artists Eileen Simpson and Ben White to create a creative commons licensed manuscript remixing the original 1969 score The Brilliant and the Dark (a WI choir commission by Ursula Vaughan Williams & Malcolm Williamson) for a project at the Women’s Library in 2010. Since then Southern’s project has grown in scope, and in-keeping with its origins, all the further 'remix' works made for Trans-Formations, a follow on project and live event curated by Southern, have a creative commons sharealike 3.0 license, contributing to a wealth of cultural works which encourage creativity and collaboration. and follow: @ellen_southern


released September 1, 2016




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