Does Spring Hide Its Joy \\ Kali Malone

Bookable time slots between 12-2pm, 2-4pm, and 4-6pm | Pay what you feel | Book your ticket.

Does Spring Hide Its Joy is an immersive audio experience by American composer Kali Malone featuring musicians Stephen O’Malley and Lucy Railton. Manifesting as a 4-day multichannel sound installation, Malone offers a deep listening environment in a hydraulic tower and engine house in Birkenhead Docks. Does Spring Hide Its Joy was created and recorded in the empty Berlin Funkhaus & Monom during the lockdown of spring 2020. The music is a study in long-form, non-linear durational composition, with a heightened focus on septimal just intonation (musical instrument tunings with a limit of 7) and beat interference patterns.

Originally designed by engineer Jesse Hartley in 1868, the Hydraulic Tower, Birkenhead is based on the Palazzo Vecchio, a renaissance cavern in Florence, Italy. Bombed during World War II, the iconic nineteenth-century Grade II listed building has been left unused for decades. In this empty chamber of industrial energy, Malone’s durational composition breathes and bellows through porous brick walls, reverberating toward the surface of dockland waters.

Visitors will be invited into the main hall of the building to listen, walk, sit, and be immersed in the vibrations of the durational audio installation. Tickets will be available in mid-May, whilst a specially commissioned film portrait of the installation by filmmaker Célia Hay will be online from July 1 through to the end of the festival.

This work is a durational piece, lasting six hours in total. We recommend spending around 30 minutes in the space, and your ticket is valid for any time within your chosen two hour window. Walk up tickets will also be available on the door, although we recommend booking in advance.

We have taken into account government guidance relating to social distancing, and will safely accommodate you and your group from arrival through to departure. Please bring your own face mask. There will be hand washing / sanitising stations around the site.

Does Spring Hide Its Joy by Kali Malone, commissioned and produced by Abandon Normal Devices. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England and Wirral Council. With further support from Peel L&P. Featuring musicians Stephen O’Malley and Lucy Railton, recorded at The Berlin Funkhaus by Jonny Zoum and at Monom by Rodrigo Stambuk.

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