Saskia Moore

work in progress

Dead Symphony

“My soul is a hidden orchestra; I know not what instruments, what fiddlestrings and harps, drums and tambours I sound and clash inside myself. All I hear is the symphony.” 

Fernando Pessoa - The Book of Disquiet.

Sound is understood to be the last sense present moments before death. Artist Saskia Moore, is documenting and transcribing the actual music and sound experiences people heard when losing or regaining consciousness during a near death experience.

DEAD SYMPHONY is a contemporary symphony, comprising of many documented accounts of music heard during near death experiences.

From the documented collections, she has ascertained the sounds and music heard are like ‘miniature symphonies’ - lyrical, abstract, and beautiful by its very nature. 

The ‘miniature symphonies’ are arranged and composed into one continuous Symphony. The arrangement of the Symphony brings into play both abstract and traditional instrumentation.

The repetition and looping of the unconscious symphonies allows audiences to come in and out of this sound world, shifting and changing upon further listening, eliciting new interpretations of the sounds: looping and embedding into the audiences’ personal memories.

The acclaimed European music ensemble Apartment House will workshop DEAD SYMPHONY and perform the live premiere in the UK, Autumn 2012. 

Current Tumblr posts create this work in progress for DEAD SYMPHONY. Please also visit Saskia Moore’s website or SuperKalidescope for more information.