Allotropes – Night Signal

Allotropes (Jim Hoult & Stephan Barrett) focus on the subtle interplay of textures and timbres, quiet sounds and the space in between. Jim & Stephan first started performing together in 2016 as part of V22's Summer Club at Louise House curated by Andie Brown (These Feathers Have Plumes) and Helen Frosi (SoundFjord). During lockdown, the sense of a reconfiguration in their experience of time and space led to a long distance collaboration between their respective locations in Västernorrland County, Sweden and London.

Named after the sweeping clouds of blue light and discrete pulses emitted by luminescent Ostracods, which resemble slow motion fireflies as they signal to the ocean depths at moonset, the resulting piece 'Night Signal' uses electronic manipulation to process tiny recorded extracts of clarinet multiphonics and bells scanned at tens of thousandths the time of their normal speed to reveal hidden timbres, creating atmospheres that slowly unfold, shift and develop, until eventually dissolving back into the the waves.


1 - Night Signal [41:20]