If you stroll near the famous Tower of London this summer, you will be greeted by the sight of 20 million flowers. The ‘Superbloom’, normally a rare occurrence in nature, is planted in the spring in the former moat of the 13th century monument and is expected to have a huge visual impact when it is ready for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June. It will also have a musical impact, thanks to a commission from Orkney-born composer Erland Cooper.
This is the latest in a series of announcements about plans to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, including the Platinum Jubilee Concert and a special Service of Thanksgiving.
Erland Cooper made headlines last year when he buried the only physical copy of his new album in an undisclosed location near his childhood home in Orkney. His new piece, titled Music to grow flowers, will be played continuously through on-site speakers and, as the composer shares, it will change the sonic atmosphere of what is normally a bustling urban soundscape.
‘Music to grow flowers aims to enhance the emotional impact of the Superbloom by rebalancing the city’s dominant noises and interweaving specific audio frequencies to discover harmony in the busiest of environments. Since the music itself is nothing but vibrations, perhaps it will help us to go deeper into this subtle appreciation of place, curiosity and stillness.
Along with the installation’s biodiverse landscape, Cooper drew inspiration from impressionist painting techniques bringing new layers of texture to the listener. Three spatial mixes will be introduced in the morning, afternoon and evening.
If you can’t get along to see and hear the Jubilee project ‘Superbloom’ for yourself, Erland Cooper’s music will be available in two halves on June 1 and August 19, courtesy of Mercury KX label. And for those wondering if the music will actually help the growing process, listeners can order seed packets of native UK wildflowers to sow.
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