Little Auditoriums

Úna Monaghan* (Composer)

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Non-textual formComposition


This piece has parallel happenings and different ways of approaching timing. I think of how the perception of time passage can be different depending on our individual situation. Several little ensembles within the room, and each listener hears differently.

When writing I thought about how often the instruments of this ensemble appear in printed texts, and how that changed over time. The Google Books Ngram Viewer is a search engine that displays how frequently words appear in a collection of over 8 million books published between 1500 and 2019. Searching this collection - about 6% of all books - gives a (limited and biased) representation of how often words appear in publications over time.

We hear the ten most common words to follow the phrases “hear the....” and “listen to the....” in print, and how that changed between 1500 and 2019.
The MOBILE cluster keeps a physical pulse, the INTERRUPTERS follow digital time and a graphic score of their instrument’s appearance in print; SUSTAIN keeps a beat, and SING vary their tempo. Computers make an exact copy of sounds, solidify what was once an improvisation, or reproduce a sound from ten seconds ago.

Repetition and the length of an iteration. How long have we been here, and how much time is left?
The little auditoriums are nested and overlapping. The performers at home preparing;
the musical pairings or meetings during performance; the four locations of the ensemble;
each audience member.

Timing is different depending on your frame of reference. As if everyone is listening in their own little auditorium. Little auditoriums in the mind.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2023
EventNew Music Dublin Festival - National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 20 Apr 202323 Apr 2023


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