Metalization of a Dream (2021)

sound festival

Duncan MacLeod’s The Metalization of a Dream is an open form sound-work responding to the dada and surrealist-inspired collages of Scottish sculptor and artist Eduardo Paolozzi.


This performance features a specially commissioned video by Claire Orme, who creates an ethereal virtual stage for the Galvanize Ensemble to perform in. At first dispersed and scattered, the musicians begin to overlay and unite as they journey deeper into the composition. The colours, structure and atmosphere are a nod to Paolozzi’s collages, visually encapsulating the inspirations behind the composition.


Galvanize is an improvisation ensemble and cross-media art project based in Newcastle Upon Tyne and London, run by pianist Kate Halsall. They work with composers, artists, film and text to create installations, radio, cross disciplinary performances & exhibitions.


Joel Bell, electric guitar

Sarah Dacey, voice

Kate Halsall, piano, harmonium, keyboards

Phil Maguire, objects & sampler

Stephen Hiscock, percussion

With guests Ed Cross, violin and Gemma Kost, cello


Commissioned by Kate Halsall, Arts Council England (2018), RVW Trust, PRS for Music (Open Creator 2018).