Hikkaduwa - Music by Tom Hodge, Film by Cath Elliott

Ahead of the culmination of our MECHANIKA competition on October 16th in the Brunel Tunnel Shaft, we wanted to introduce some of the incredibly talented composers and visual artists that we will be showcasing, and to find out a little more about their projects. Here’s an interview with composer Tom Hodge and animator Cath Elliott about their piece ‘Hikkaduwa’...

Could you tell us a bit about where the title comes from?
Hikkaduwa is a small town in Sri Lanka. In early 2000 I made a Dictaphone recording of the local station there which forms the basis of the piece, both musically and visually.

So apart from sampling it, what were the broader ideas that came from the recording?
Firstly, the underlying themes of transport and journeys and the celebration of the train as are key underlying elements in our piece, and what better venue to explore these in than one of Brunel’s greatest achievements. Visually, the film will be rhythmic, propulsive and will bring a dynamic and rich experience of travel and movement to the viewer.

And musically, were you inspired by Reich’s
Different Trains, also being performed on the night?
Yes, definitely. The music is broadly tonal, minimalist in style and pays homage to this seminal string quartet work.

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To find out more about Cath and Tom’s work, please visit their websites below:

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