In early May 2019, composers working in the city of Sheffield recorded sounds in and around the Kelham Island Industrial Museum, using these to create musical works that resonate with the space and place of Kelham Island. In much the same way as one might imagine the transformation of the spaces of heavy industry, such as Brooklyn Works becoming residential accommodation, the ten sound artists transformed the sounds of Kelham Island, giving them a new home.
This piece, by composer Adam Stanovic, imagines the huge machines as if from a child-like fantasy. It follows the journey of fiction character – Balthazar – as he travels into, and through, the greatest machine of all.
Join Balthazar as he journeys through the Great Machine in search of its beating, mechanical heart. As the machine judders and splutters into life, will he avoid the pistons and valves, cogs and bursts of steam?
Warning: contains scenes of mild peril.
Balthazar’s Adventure through The Great Machine was commissioned by The Kelham Island Museum and Arts Enterprise, Sheffield, and premiered in the museum on 17th July 2019.