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The Metalization of a Dream : for open instrumentation and electronics

Macleod, Duncan



Galvanize Ensemble

Joel Bell

Sarah Dacey

Kate Halsall

Phil Maguire


The Metalization of a Dream is an open form sound-work responding to the dada and surrealist-inspired collages of Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005). A pioneer of pop art, Paolozzi’s practice drew inspiration from artists that utilise similar collage and cut-up techniques such as Charles Ives and William S. Burroughs. As such, these relationships are explored within this work through John Cage’s concept of the coexistence of dissimilars, where the notion of harmoniously blended elements is eschewed in favour of collage-like juxtapositions ‘that fuse in the ear of the listener’. Like Paolozzi’s collages, this work incorporates ‘found objects’ in this case John Taverner’s In Nomine and the writings of Gertrude Stein that are reimagined, juxtaposed and intertwined with composed and indeterminate materials to form an equivocal sound world.


Macleod, D. (2019). The Metalization of a Dream : for open instrumentation and electronics. The Lit & Phil, Newcastle, 23 Westgate Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SE

Other Type Composition
Publication Date Feb 12, 2019
Deposit Date Oct 21, 2020
Keywords composition
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Additional Information Premier performance at The Lit & Phil, Newcastle - 12/02/2019 Galvanize Ensemble is an improvisation ensemble of musicians based in Newcastle Upon Tyne and London. Joel Bell (electric guitar), Sarah Dacey (voice), Kate Halsall (piano/harmonium), Phil Maguire (electronics).They work with composers, artists, film and text to create installations, radio, cross disciplinary performances & exhibitions.

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