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World premiere to mark the Large Hadron Collider switch on at the Life Science Centre

A new collaboration between poet Katrina Porteous and music pioneer Peter Zinovieff will take place at the Life Science Centre

Computerised music pioneer Peter Zinovieff
Computerised music pioneer Peter Zinovieff

Tuesday sees the world premiere of a new collaboration between poet Katrina Porteous and electronic music pioneer Peter Zinovieff.

It takes them back to the planetarium at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle where, two years ago, they gave the first performance of a work called Edge.

That work, described by Katrina at the time as “a journey through space”, focused on four moons of the solar system and was performed as part of the British Science Festival, then being staged in the city.

Now they are back with the very first performance of Field, marking this month’s switch on of the Large Hadron Collider after a break of a couple of years.

Peter Zinovieff was one of the first people to use a computer to make music, back in the 1960s when bands such as Pink Floyd and Kraftwerk, and forward-looking performers like David Bowie, were starting to beguile audiences with new kinds of sounds.

All, in fact, made use of the VCS3 synthesiser which was made by EMS – Electronic Music Studios (London) Ltd – established by Zinovieff and his partners.

Poet Katrina Porteous
Poet Katrina Porteous

Now aged 82, Zinovieff’s ancestry – his parents were Russian aristocrats who met in London after their families emigrated to escape the Russian Revolution – is alone worth a lengthy article.

But his achievements in electronic music are more than enough to give him a kind of iconic status.

His second collaboration with the talented Northumberland poet, whose work has been heard on BBC Radio 4, is a notable event.

Field is described as an “immersive” 25-minute live performance for voice and computer, “a journey in music and words exploring strange quantum worlds, the recently discovered Higgs boson and the stuff we are made of”.

There will actually be two performances, the first on Tuesday, April 21, and the second on Wednesday, April 22, both at 5pm.

Field is suitable for ages 12 plus and tickets, at £5 each, can be booked at the Life Science Centre on 0191 243 8210 or via www.life.org.uk

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