Watch Tate’s interactive film – Tate Modern and Africa Express present Terry Riley’s In C Mali
Tate unveils its first fully-interactive documentary film today, created in collaboration with global music collective Africa Express and digital arts website The Space.
In C Mali marks the fiftieth anniversary of composer Terry Riley’s world-renowned composition In C. In this exclusive interactive feature, classical conductor André de Ridder reimagines Riley’s famous piece with help from members of Africa Express, including innovative African artists Bijou and Adama Koita and Blur frontman Damon Albarn.
Terry Riley’s original composition is often dubbed the precursor to minimalist music, because of its repetition of phrases and gradual construction of harmonies through improvisation around set themes. ‘It evolved at the same time, the concept of Minimalism in music as well as art. Both [are] about reduction and seeing what that leaves to the imagination of the viewer and in this case, the performer, as well as the audience,’ explains de Ridder.
Filmed in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, the 40-minute long feature shows de Ridder and Albarn with an extensive African orchestra that includes balafons, koras, ngoni, kalimbas, talking drum, calabash, sabar drums, alongside guitar, bass, violin, delta harp and beats by Mouse on Mars. The footage of the live performance is intercut with interactive options that allow the viewer to immerse themselves in an ode to Minimalism.
Tate Media’s Creative Director, Jane Burton, said:
Pioneering minimalist music and iconic minimalist art come together by way of Africa in this interactive film. It’s a mesmerising mix. This is the first time that Tate has created a film that allows viewers to choose different pathways through footage to create their own unique experience. We are delighted to have worked with The Space and Africa Express to reimagine what it is to watch a performance or to explore a gallery.
Tate Modern and Africa Express present Terry Riley’s In C Mali is released online on 28 November at The Space.