“In Airwaves, music effortlessly holds the mirror to the musicality of language.” Real Time
One century ago, on the twelfth hour of the twelfth month of 1901, Guglielmo Marconi received the first transatlantic wireless signal. The letter “S” in Morse Code (dit dit dit) was transmitted from Poldhu in Cornwall to Signal Hill in St Johns, Newfoundland, a distance of nearly 3000km (1800 miles). So began the age of radio and wireless communication, conveniently in the first year of a new century. Topology and Loops celebrate both the medium and the century, looking back over a number of key events and people by means of recordings of broadcasts of voices. These broadcasts have been used to make ‘voice portraits’ – finding the characteristic musical qualities of each speaker and then emphasising and underscoring them with instrumental accompaniment. The result is part opera, part documentary and part entertainment. Fascinated by the way recorded sound has the power to take us to the actual people and events, Topology and Loops have created a form of time travel.
“Were this merely an album of selected radio broadcasts culled from the last century it would be fascinating enough, but Loops + Topology have had their ways with this material in a manner that elevates it to the truly extra-ordinary.” Australian Jazz