Thursday, 19 January 2017

Mozart Vs Machine


Mahogany Opera Group presents an electronic essay collage opera mashing-up Mozart, electronic sound and video. 

 

Mozart vs Machine is a high-octane mash-up of Mozart opera, electronic sound and video projection, bringing some of history’s most iconic artists together in a theatrical sci-fi-gameshow encounter.

Alone in his Manhattan research laboratory, Raymond Scott, the father of electronic music, is developing a machine to generate random musical patterns. When one of his devices accidentally tears a hole in the universe it distorts time and brings him face to face with classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

What follows is a fantastical journey through ideas of art and ownership, time and music shaken up through unexpected directions and random chance, culminating in a surreal, vaudevillian show trial. All with a little help from film-pioneer Georges Méliès, Lewis Carroll’s logic games, and composers John Cage and J S Bach.

In Mozart vs Machine, composer Dominic Robertson (the artist formerly known as Ergo Phizmiz) pieces together ideas and notes from across history into an irreverent collage of music and theatre that blurs the boundaries of opera and performance art. Think you know Mozart? Think again…

MOZART vs MACHINE premieres at Profound Sound Festival, Folkestone Fringe, February 3rd 2017.

A Mahogany Opera Group production
Developed through Mahogany's Various Stages programme with generous support from Sound and Music

Friday, 9 December 2016

WHAT WILL BE BUILT


I'm delighted to present my Xmas single for you lovely people in these troubled times. Recorded in the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Germany, and the UK, with text taken from a daily UK ragmag, this is to go next to your mulled wine and Uzi.






"What Will Be Built"
Recorded at Worm Sound Studio, Rotterdam; Sofia, Kazanlak & Ahtopol, Bulgaria; Eden Hotel Wolff, Munich; and my house, Bridport, UK. Synthesisers performed by Andrew Dickinson and me. Dedicated to the happy loss, the shine in your golden underwear, the folks of Worm, and everybody with half a brain or more. And you.

Happy Fucking Xmas Cowboys





Sunday, 4 December 2016

Die Bayerische Prinzessin


Greetings from Munich, where I am recording a new radio-play called "Die Bayerische Prinzessin". It tells the story of Princess Alexandra Amalie of Bavaria who, at ten years old, believed she had swallowed a grand piano made of glass. The piece is a commission of Bayerischer Rundfunk, and will broadcast next year.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

That Happy Breed Rehearsals













"That Happy Breed", a Brexit Science Fiction Operetta, premieres at Worm, Rotterdam, with a cast of Rotterdam's finest, on November 20th 2016. More information and tickets here.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

That Happy Breed

Back in Ubik, Worm, Rotterdam, directing "That Happy Breed", Brexit opera.... plays 1300 and 2030 on Sunday November 20th ... sportswear, anybody?






Friday, 30 September 2016

That Happy Breed


COMING NOVEMBER 2016
at UBIK, WORM, ROTTERDAM
"THAT HAPPY BREED"
A BREXIT SCIENCE FICTION OPERA
by
DOMINIC ROBERTSON

What happens if, after Britain leaves the EU, the rest of the planet destroys itself through some kind of ethical-nuclear misunderstanding? What happens to an independent England in total isolation?

"That Happy Breed" is a science-fiction vision of 'an island in the moon', adrift on shared history and past glories, visions of empire and sightings of rabbits on the copse.

A family home and the Houses of Parliament provide the setting for a Menippean satire on patriotism and propaganda. A community play in words, song, and electronic music, "That Happy Breed" is a caustic cavalcade comedy, with appearances from St George, Queen Elizabeth II, Boris Johnson, Morris Dancers, and the IRA. 

So keep your temper, 
dissidence is not a word a British true 
should ever be resorting to,
you are looked after,
pampered, preened,
your life in England is a dream.....

DW Robertson is resident at Worm, Rotterdam, this week, with compadre and collaborator Andrew Dickinson, creating sets and costumes for "That Happy Breed".

Set designs for "That Happy Breed" in-progress.....


Follow Dominic's adventures on the Worm Residency blog.
 

DISCO CAROUSEL! New LP out on Discrepant

The marvellous label Discrepant recently released a 12" LP from DW Robertson, called DISCO CAROUSEL.


''Everybody knows that mechanical music is the highest form of entertainment, that's why the fairground, that age old uber-entertainment, rang with the chaotic splendour of Barrel Organs, Orchestrions, Bellenoens and Serinettes.
In the 20th century, as the delicate mechanisms of automata fell out of favour to the machismo of electricity, all the music-boxes left the funfair, to be usurped by Euro-Techno.
"Disco Carousel" is an attempt to redress this balance with a little bit of time travel, a little bit of tlc, and atomic fusion between the discreet windings of the Pianola and the whirring innards of the computing-machine.
Each piece is "Programme Music", and comes with a title that should take you straight to the electro-mechanical fairground you've always dreamed of. You can ride the big dipper, the ghost train, ace the shooting gallery, win a prize. In the safe knowledge that, all around your head, in multiple permutations, the highest form of entertainment is taking place.''
DW Robertson, 2016

Tracks

  1. A1 Big Dip on the Big Dipper
  2. A2 The Shooting Gallery
  3. A3 Prizewinner
  4. B1 Brief Sojourn on the Ghost Train
  5. B2 Disco Carousel
Pressing Information

Artwork collage by Portuguese artist Ruca Bourbon
500 units pressed at Optimal, Germany