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Innermost was first composed with digital video artist Marc Downie, with natural but abstracted recordings from two outdoor Norwegian events. These were mass community celebrations, particular to Norwegian culture and devoid of political anxiety, although some of the electronically-treated, disembodied vocals seem to express elements of angst or anger.
The interplay of manipulated vocal sounds and marching band samples contextualises the music in the open acoustics of a public event. Barrett describes the second section as an example of her notion of ‘spatial counterpoint,’ where many layers of minimal pitched sounds linger, intersect and interact. The work was originally diffused with 3D ambisonics through 36 loudspeakers and used mass surveillance gesture-recognition technology translated into sound.
In this carefully-crafted stereo mix, the sense of space and occasion is no less present, with harsh shouts and whistles accompanying silvery wails and whines, that crescendo to a cacophony of mechanical drilling and juddering engines. A more harmonious marching band passes by, leaving a trail of granulated reverberation, and hints of tango rhythm interject occasionally, as the marching band rataplan continues its way, along with distant cheering.