The spirited musician and multi-instrumentalist returns with a surprising release of totally different proportions. ONE HEAR NOW is the name of a new record by Peter Broderick, a modular composition and response to a series of colourful murals called One Here Now: The Ogham Cycle, by the celebrated Irish artist Brian O’Doherty (who also goes by the name of Patrick Ireland) – more on this below.
ONE HEAR HOW is a modular composition in 11 parts, composed for violin, piano, synthesizer, voice, percussion and field recordings. Strikingly different compared to much of Broderick’s other musical output in both approach and outcome, Peter spent a marathon 16 hours alone in the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh, making a definitive recording of the composition surrounded by O’Doherty’s (restored) murals. Approaching the geometrical and systematic nature of the artwork, Broderick devised a system in which the paintings could become a visual score. Different colours were assigned to different notes, certain visual elements were assigned to particular instruments, and then the work was carried out to turn the murals into a piece of music. In addition to incorporating field recordings from the location into the piece, Broderick utilised the acoustic space of the empty gallery room, with its austere reverberation, allowing the timbre of the room to become an instrument in itself.
The resulting music is luminous, where sparse notes resonate and swell into rich enveloping textures.
ONE HEAR NOW is currently available exclusively on the incoming tour where Broderick shall perform the music from start to finish each night centred around a four day residency in London, where he now resides. The recorded version of the work has been pressed up in a private limited edition of 300 vinyl copies and 250 CDs. There are no current plans to put this recording on digital download platforms, therefore this UK tour will be the only place to hear and obtain the music for the foreseeable future.