Threshold – Ed Carter & Jessica Lee

"Threshold reflects on how lockdown has affected both our perception of time, and the manner in which we experience architectural thresholds.

Set against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic and the physical effects of the virus, the piece references the subjectivity of memory, and highlights issues relating to thresholds and boundaries by focusing on liminal space between inside and outside, private and public, close and distant.

The project embraces social distancing as a central part of the process, using binaural microphones to capture a personal perspective from the footpath outside Jessica Lee’s home, as the sound of her clarinet drifts out through open windows and doors. 

The final piece combines these layered performances with the sound of a hand-made Aeolian harp as it responds to the movement of air across a threshold, alongside the incidental suburban sounds that accompanied each of the recordings." Ed Carter & Jessica Lee


Ed Carter & Jessica Lee - electronics, clarinet, hand-made Aeolian harp


Artwork design by Oliver Barrett


1 - Threshold [20:14]

Ed Carter & Jessica Lee

Ed Carter creates music and interdisciplinary projects that are context-specific, with a focus on process. His recent projects span orchestral and electronic music & sound works, film, sculpture, and large-scale installation. His PhD explored connections between architectural contexts, sonic composition, and interdisciplinary art practice, with a focus on rhythm, scale, and liminality.

Jessica Lee graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2005, going on to work with the orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the London Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, English National Opera, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the Nash Ensemble. Since 2009, Jessica has been Principal Clarinet with Royal Northern Sinfonia.

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