A digital album Structured like a double album with an invisible divide between a virtual A side (electronic, almost) and a B side (unplugged, just about)
Composed by Emmanuelle Waeckerlé.
Performed remotely by N.O. Moore (electric guitar, Make Noise Shared System), Edward Shipsey (synthesiser, banjo), Emmanuelle Waeckerlé (voice, bowed ektarat).
During lockdown 1.0
I invited fellow musicians and improvisers N.O. Moore and Edward Shipsey to collaborate remotely on a performing of black and blue, sending them each a different recording of my vocal rendition of the score to respond to. We each worked alone, in our own space and time, but with the other in mind, if not in our ears, subsequently bringing the recordings together.
Hope in the Dark
I wrote the text score for black and blue (the color of hope in the dark) on Brexit day (31/01/20) as a way of dealing with the overwhelming despair I felt. It is based on Rebecca Solnit’s Hope in the Dark: untold histories, wild possibilites (2004, 2016). Solnit makes a radical case for hope as a commitment to act in a world whose future remains uncertain and unknowable, which is what the score invites us to do individually and collectively.
The score is available here from Edition Wandelweiser.