Jennifer Walshe - Historical Documents Of The Irish Avant-Garde
In this project composer Jennifer Walshe collates a fictional history of avant-garde music, poetry and thought in Ireland, which can be explored via a website, hours of recordings, and this book!
It is an attempt to bend history to explore what might have been, a potential tradition of experimentalism in Ireland that includes Futurists, Dadaists, radio art and subliminal tape works. In the words of the composer, it is a ‘communal thought experiment, a revisionist exercise in “what if?”… to write our ancestors into being and shape their stories with care.’
Jennifer Walshe is a composer and experimentalist known for her vision and imagination, often working under the moniker Milker Corp. Other contributors to the project include Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, Stephen Graham, John Berndt, Felicity Ford, Paul Gilgunn, Majella Munro and Rian O’Rahallaigh.
Recordings can be listened to on https://soundcloud.com/migro/sets/historical-documents-of-the-irish-avant-garde-album-sampler
And here’s a great review written by Ian Maleney for the Quietus: http://thequietus.com/articles/17777-jennifer-walshe-aisteach-foundation-irish-avant-garde-interview
Paperback, 144 pages, 19×25 cm, published in 2015.