Sophie Lee, amore tremour, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist

Sophie Lee
amore tremor

2018

amore tremor is a layered, sensory, cinematic soundscape broadcast from the bell tower at St Alphege.

Church bells, beats and field recordings merge with fragments of pop songs, compositions of the Benedictine nun and mystic Hildegard von Bingen, and isolated vocals slowed down 800%. Within the tower our bodies vibrate with sound, this amplification of decibels drawing connections between a womb space and the industrial din of a factory; the club and the church as sites of ecstatic experience. From without the sounds bleed and distort, merging with noises of the high street.

With an emphasis on the human voice the piece takes into account language theories that posit the origin of speech in song, as well as considering ideas of embodiment, communication and collective experience.

Thanks to Filipe Gomes at Arco Barco for sound production, and Rachel Webbley and her team at St Alphege Church.

Sophie Lee