Fifteen Images: Morgan, Fox, Legard
Fifteen Images is a collaborative work created by textile artist Alice Fox, composer Nigel Morgan and technologist/performer Phil Legard. The piece presents a dialogue between colour and sound, conveyed through a mixture of textile art and musical notation, combined through an animated web platform.
All materials are drawn from visits to a 17th Century Quaker meeting house in the Howgills, Cumbria, inspired by the colours of the flowers in the gardens outside. Phil’s animation reveals the different layers of the creative process, animating the gradual development of musical materials and textile designs to illustrate the colour connections each medium shares.
The work was created by the research into practice group Textiles and Music Interact, supported by Plymouth University. The complete work is in fifteen parts (fifteen musical movements and fifteen textile pieces). View the full, interactive version of the piece online, and read more about the creative process here.
About the Artists
Nigel Morgan is a composer working at the heart of contemporary concert music in the UK. His music consistently reflects innovative and original approaches to composition often enabling performers to make a deeper contribution to interpretation than is the norm in contemporary scores. He has been a co-developer of the Symbolic Composer and Opusmodus software for Macintosh since 1990 and is an associate member the research team at Plymouth University’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research. nigel-morgan.co.uk
Alice Fox makes acutely observed work combining the textural qualities of textile and printmaking processes, including rust prints, naturally sourced mark making, embossing and collagraph printmaking, hand stitch and weave. Alice builds up layers of print, stitch and weave to make contemplative and subtle artworks that embody ‘place’ rather than represent it directly. She uses natural dye techniques for printing and mark making in an attempt to make work with low environmental impact. Exploring material, including found objects, through making are a key part of Alice’s practice. alicefox.co.uk
Phil Legard has a background in experimental music, particularly in the fields of generative and algorithmic composition. His interests in the generative processes underlying both composition and improvisation embrace a wider awareness of the compositional or performative act of music and its relation to our own environment. This has led to a number of solo and collaborative multi-disciplinary works involving sonic art, oral history, folklore and research into the implications of ontology and phenomenology on both place perception and artistic curation. leedsbeckett.ac.uk/staff/phil-legard