The Oberhausen gasometer is a large cylindrical building in the Oberhausen Industrial Heritage park, now repurposed as a public venue. Visitors can go inside this gigantic metal container and experience its extraordinary reverberation and echoes. Shakespeare And Hedgeshear was composed to make use of this unique soundworld.
Oberhausen, Germany 2007 | analog edition
Shakespeare And Hedgeshear features two table-tennis teams playing each other for the duration of the work and three performing non-musicians cutting hedges with shears. The musique concrète they produce is picked up by microphones and processed by analog effects processors by Jobina Tinnemans. This soundtrack submerges the voices of actors performing five acts from plays by Shakespeare.
The premiere of Shakespeare And Hedgeshear was performed by Dieter Kürden, Friedhelm Zagabe, Frank Schneider, Daniel Spiegelhoff (table-tennis) and Sarah Washington, Knut Aufermann and Florian Zwißler (hedge shears). It was produced by Frank Niehusmann.
Wroclaw, Poland 2014 | digital edition
Shakespeare And Hedgeshear was selected to represent the UK at the ISCM World New Music Days in Wroclaw, Poland, 2014. The performance took place in Theatr Lalek, a venue with different sonic qualities to a gasometer, and Jobina Tinnemans made a new version of the work to match the architectural specifications of the concert space.