An electronic musical.
This is a world where death exists. Loss is hard. Grief is like a river. It’s powerful and you can’t hold it back.
This is the story of a woman who goes looking for her friend – a friend who has vanished inside a city of his own imagination. Both have lost someone they love and it’s cracked the landscape of their lives. A Million Tiny Glitches is a weird and emotional dream quest through those fractures.
A Million Tiny Glitches has grown from our personal experiences of grief over the last few years – vivid and mysterious; you feel it in your heart and your gut. We believe songs can hold emotion very directly, so we thought we’d make a musical that goes deep and feels modern; that embraces sadness without being sombre. Something that’s musically influenced by artists like Bjork, ANOHNI, Nine Inch Nails and FKA Twigs; and narratively inspired by storytellers like Haruki Murakami, Jim Jarmusch and China Mieville.
And yeah, there’ll be a band.
We’ve completed the first stage of research & development on this project and are seeking partners to help us make the finished work.
You can listen to song demos on our soundcloud, which’ll give you an idea of the sort of vibe we’re working with in the music.
We shared some of fragments and possibilities from our initial R&D as part of the Ferment Fortnight at Bristol Old Vic on Wednesday 19 July 2017. Here are some pics of the sharing, taken by Jack Offord:
Story / Directed by Tanuja Amarasuriya
Story / Words / Music by Timothy X Atack
Movement Direction by Coral Messam
Musician collaborator Elena Pena
Performed by Kayla Meikle, Simon Mokhele, Zoe West, Timothy X Atack (Ferment Festival, 2017); Madeline Shann (Pulse Festival, 2018)
After doing lots of work on the sound world of the show, our next stage of R&D will be investigating its visual design, projection and animation world.
Produced by MAYK. Seed commissioned by the New Wolsey Theatre and Bristol Old Vic Ferment. Financially supported by Arts Council England. Thanks also to Ovalhouse London and Trinity Arts Bristol. Developed in residence at The Brunswick Club and at Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio.