Coronet Inside Out: Dom Bouffard
Composer and performer Dom Bouffard has shared his work in progress Vengeful Ghost for Coronet Inside Out.
Vengeful Ghost – a work in progress
Bouffard’s Vengeful Ghost is a strategy for a site-specific musical performance, mining the possibilities of experimental approaches to electric guitar and 3D sound.
Informed by the work of artists from Derek Bailey and Christian Marclay to Glenn Branca, Sunno and Janet Cardiff, the project blurs the lines between performance and sound sculpture, honouring the electric guitar’s unique outlaw status, while displacing it in search of new shapes, a concept Dom calls fractured punk.
In this video, three guitarists perform inside a ring of 8 speakers, which are hidden in the peripheral darkness. Between them, the sound is spatialized and transformed, its movements becoming a language of their own, in turn re-informing the performance. Meanwhile, the audience is free to wander and explore this forest of sound and silence, light and shadow, shaping their own experience.
Dom and his collaborators Alli MacInnes, Lewis Amar and Lia Mice (who’s fields of practice combine music, visual art and instrument design) R&D’d the project over two residencies at Snape Maltings, including the Festival of New in November ’20. The footage here is documentation from a public sharing in Snape’s iconic Britten Studio, which concluded their first residency in November ’19.
A solo guitar performance, Super Power was originally planned at The Coronet Theatre in June 2019. but has been postponed due to Covid.
Alli MacInnes – Guitar
Lewis Amar – Guitar
Dom Bouffard – Guitar
Lia Mice – Live Spatialization
Thanks to Clementine Lovell, Patrick Young and Rebecca Merritt at Residencies at Snape Maltings.