MMXVI - In Festis Sancta Maria Magdalenae
Site-inspired, a collaboration with Kees van Eersel and STEIM
An Interactive musical installation.
Grote or Maria Magdalena Church, Goes, The Netherlands.
The installation consists of sixteen speakers, attached to the sixteen pillars in the nave of the church. Sixteen separate voices sing through the speakers, a sixteen part composition by the artist's father, musician Kees van Eersel, in celebration of Mary Magdalen.
These voices (all recordings of the same singer) are only audible when a visitor walks between the pillars, and activates the sensor-triggered speakers.
Having to keep moving in order to keep the voices singing creates a whole new way of experiencing not just the music, but also the beautiful architecture of this mediaeval church.
Concept & vocals: Magdeleen van Eersel
Composition: Kees van Eersel
Musical support: Henny van Eersel
Technical realisation: STEIM
Electronic engineering: Byungjun Kwon
Sound engineering: Kees van Zelst
Graphic design: Edwin Smet
Culturele Raad Goes
and many others
An impression of what the installation looked and sounded like in the Maria Magdalena Church in Goes
The Soundcloud link below contains the complete piece of In Festis Sancta Maria Magdalenae, all 16 voices sounding simultaneously, in mp3.
If you want better sound quality: this music is also available on CD!
The CD contains both this piece and a recording of what it sounded like to walk around inside the installation in the Grote of Maria Magdalena Church, plus a booklet with lyrics and translation in Dutch, English or French.
Copies are available at €15,- plus postage. If you'd like to purchase one or more copies, please let me know via my contact page.
Also, please let me know your preferred translation .