Rough Music: A Folk at the Foundling Special

01 July 2014, 18:30 - 21:30

To accompany the Progress exhibition the Foundling Museum is excited to present a unique event by Dead Rat Orchestra and Jeremy Barlow. 

Tickets £10, £8 concessions and Foundling Friends. To book, please visit the Foundling Museum Eventbrite page.

Dead Rat Orchestra will perform "Rough Music", a new work, incorporating performances on a set of tuned bronze meat cleavers. These specially-commissioned instruments were designed by composer and DRO member Nathaniel Mann as part of his Embedded Residency at The Pitt Rivers Museum and Oxford Contemporary Music working with a professional swordsmith using bronze sword casting techniques. 

DRO breathe new life into rough music (an ancient ritual of clamorous protest or celebration using found instruments and everyday objects), exploring Hogarth’s works from Industry and Idleness and the Enraged Musician to the March of the Guards to Finchley. With contemporary takes on broadside ballads and rough music, and songs sung in eighteenth-century thieves' cant, DRO bridge the musical worlds of work song, Indonesian Gamelan and the pealing of church bells as they bring the sounds of Hogarth’s London to life.

The performance will be preceded by a talk by author and early music expert Jeremy Barlow, author of "The Enraged Musician". Barlow will consider Hogarth’s prints and explore the artist’s representations of music and sound. 

Ticket Price includes a chance to view the exhibition Progress

Dead Rat Orchestra Twitter: @deadratorchestra

Dead Rat Orchestra are the slow-burning backwater of British music. For over a decade they have effortlessly remained the UK’s most original and unconventional live act. They challenge traditional concert settings and bring a powerful and inovative performance aesthetic to their music. Never falling into the trappings of novelty, they remain their own mutable paradigm. DRO performances include flailing axes, sweat, salt and sawdust, spun flutes and taught strings, and over 2000 shards of micro-tuned mirror-polished steel; cast to the floor in a cascade of shimmering sound. DRO tour / collaborate with Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Baby Dee, Marc Almond, Eric Chenaux and many more.


Jeremy Barlow

Jeremy Barlow is the author of 'The Enraged Musician: Hogarth's Musical Imagery' in which he examines the evidence for Hogarth's interest in music and the problems of assessing accuracy, realism and symbolic meaning in his musical representations. More than 70 works of Hogarth include musical references. Jeremy Barlow has made a special study of English popular music from the 16th to 18th centuries. His many publications in this field include The Music of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera (Oxford University Press) and The Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford’s Dancing Master, c.1651-1728 (Faber Music). More than a dozen recordings with his group the Broadside Band include the complete Beggar’s Opera (Hyperion), which won an Edison award. He lectures widely on subjects linking art and music.