Matthew Whiteside is a Glasgow-based composer and sound designer. He writes music for concert, film and collaborative installations often-using live electronics within his work. He announced the release of a new album. Entangled is out on October 25th via his own label. Pre-order is available here.
The composer was commissioned by the Institute of Physics to write ‘Entangled’, a new piece for string quartet, electronics and film in 2017. The title track for the album explores the work of physicist, John Stewart Bell, who is also Matthew’s great uncle.
John Stewart Bell proved Quantum Entanglement; that in the quantum realm, particles are entangled in a ‘spooky’ way, which was first visually proven using a camera developed by Belfast-based Andor Technology in 2013. In physics, Entanglement is a physical phenomenon where groups of particles are said to share a state and to influence each other, even if they are at a distance from each other in space, which in science has always been considered paradoxical. Originally proposed by Albert Einstein, Boris Podolsky, and Nathan Rosen, it is known as the EPR paradox (Spooky Action) now known as Quantum Entanglement.
Matthew Whiteside’s musical response to this physics theorem is his Quartet no. 4 for string quartet. It is divided into three movements (Waves, Spooky Action and Spinning), each a response to different facets of the work relating to John Stewart Bell. Musically, it is a wave of unsettling pulses, reminiscent of Hitchcockian horror, echoing a deep restlessness, purporting the particles that are never still.
Quartet No. 4 was also visually represented in a film titled ‘Entangled’ that was screened as part of Dublin Dance Festival in 2018 and won Light Moves Festival of Screendance ‘Innovative Use of Sound’ award in Ireland earlier that year. The film by Marisa Zanotti responds to the musical structures in the score, creating images of entanglement by playing with light, time and dancing bodies.
Today we have the pleasure to premiere the official video for the third movement “Quartet No. 4 (Entangled): III. Spinning” which is part of Marisa Zanotti film. Watch it below.