Commissioned by Chimera Productions in 2013 with support from PRS for Music Foundation and Arts Council England.
The first performance was given on 5th September at Blank Canvas at Village Underground (UK), by the Heritage Orchestra featuring Tim Exile (composer/electronic performer) and Finn McNicholas (additional composition), conducted by Tom Trapp.
The Bardo, a term from the Tibetan Book of the Dead, is a transitional limbo between states such as waking into reality, the dream state, birth, death and ‘the deathless’.
‘The entire orchestra is wired up and plugged directly through my self-made live-sampling, beat-looping, sound-mangling instrument. We’ve assembled a ragtag bunch of musical states, emotions and methods which don’t necessarily fit but must blend in the sonic cauldron of this instrument. How does an orchestra meet its live-looped, mangled self? Where does Ligeti meet breakcore, score meet sequencer, determinism meet whateverism?
I’m hoping to cross the dangerous bardo between these things with the help of my instrument and lady luck (née serendipity).’