Invisible Crowds is about personal experiences of space, particularly mental and emotional space. It is expressive of contradictory feelings of wanting solitude, but of also wanting company; of wanting peace, but of being unable to stop for long enough; of wanting the space to concentrate and work, but being beseiged by a thousand and one conflicting thoughts and feelings. It moves at different times from repose to restlessness and back again. The sound material is recorded exclusively from metallic objects and the rich associations of bells, alarms and gongs are used to underpin the emotional states expressed in this piece.
- Cathryn Lane (UK) is a composer and lecturer. Her recent work investigates the possibilities of using space in electro-acoustic music to explore and express emotional and psychological experiences. Her recent compositions include Invisible Crowds, which was awarded the Finalist prize in the 1997 Bourges International Electro-acoustic Music Competition, and Nesting Stones, which was featured on the Unknown Public CD magazine. Her previous work includes commissions for large scale outdoor theatre productions, dance theatre, installations and film and video soundtracks. Cathy Lane lectures in Sound Design at the London College of Printing, and is a Director of Sonic Arts Network, the organization for the promotion of electro-acoustic music in Great Britain.