Tyranny of Distance (Where Britain Goes We Go!) is an improvisation performed by New Zealand based duo Selective Yellow, half “at home” in New Zealand, and half here at the festival in the UK (that is, “home” to many New Zealanders). Sound material recovered or generated by a performer in New Zealand, transmitted to Birmingham over the Internet, played or regenerated or retransmitted back to New Zealand, and back again to Birmingham. Analogue memories rendered digital by the advances of technology, transmitted imperfectly through space and time, looping back upon themselves, mirroring the advances and retreats of empire on the 75th anniversary of the declaration of the Second World War.
Selective Yellow is an experimental improvising electronic music duo based in Wellington, New Zealand, drawing on New Zealand’s heritage of experimental music practice. Selective Yellow performances typically employ a number of different synthesizers or sound generators, ranging from digital toys (Kaosscilators, Buddhamachines, littleBits) to semi-modular analogue and MIDI digital synthesizers, played with a variety of controllers (wind controllers, monome grids, knob boxes etc). Selective Yellow consists of Chris Wilson (analogue and digital electronics, theremin, voice) and James Noble (analogue and digital electronics, wind controller, live coding, advance programming). James Noble’s presence at the festival is supported in part by the Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund and James Cook Fellowship, and by Victoria University of Wellington.