ARTIST ROOMS Louise Bourgeois, A Woman Without Secrets

  • 26th October 2013 − 18th May 2014 | Modern One (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art) | Free

Edinburgh Napier University music compositions

BA Popular Music undergraduate composition students' responses to the work of Louise Bourgeois at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Having visited the exhibition and researched the life and work of the artist, students were asked to compose pieces of music that they thought best reflected the exhibition themes and their experiences thereof. This culminated in the presentation of an audio installation on Saturday 14 March 2014 in the Gallery of Modern Art to the general public. Included here are four representative pieces.

Zoe Moskal Guy 1+1=1

Two combined, in body and mind. Two halves, one whole, two minds, one soul. With Louise Bourgeois’ sculpture ‘Couple I’ as inspiration, a repetitive, dreamy piano riff guides you through Bourgeois’ dark, explorative mind as the vocal lines return over and over, representing the cycle of life and the unification of two into one. Vocal harmonies weave in and out, enhancing the feeling of different elements combining and coupling to create something greater. Intensity builds and reaches its climax in the ultimate knowledge of another human being: a bond without secrets.

Music and lyrics by Zoe Moskal Guy; Arrangement and Production by Erik Vanderheydt and Zoe Moskal Guy; Vocals: Zoe Moskal Guy; Drums, piano and vocoder: Erik Vanderheydt.

[Duration: 3:03]

Paulina Domnina - Home for Runaway Girls

This piece is a result of looking at the microscope to Louise Bourgeois works and life experiences. Take a trip to a dark place surrounded with spiders and bronze. Have a look at the room full of glass, metal and cloth. And finally, step out of the dark place; go on a plane to meet a life without secrets. Take a risk to understand, like runaway girls do.

[Duration: 2:32]

Dale Lafferty - Louise

Louise was composed to convey Louise Bourgeois’ ideals, thoughts and feelings that are evident in her work. The piece reflects her process by repeating it in musical form. For example, employing a single material to produce different textures and effects. In this case a cymbal was bowed instead of hit traditionally with a drum stick while her fascination with spirals was reflected in the piece with a chromatic pattern going round and round to portray her psychological disorders. Her use of weaving was the main theme which begins the piece, two feminine instruments weaving with each other can be heard from the start, though the symbol of man interrupts this with heavy low crashes. This is the heaviness and gravity of steel against lightness and fragility of glass, materials Bourgeois used to define contrasts between man and woman in works such as Poids.

[Duration: 3:07]

Lewis Kaye - Who Knows

The track ‘Who Knows’ was written to help me describe Louise Bourgeois’ thought process when creating her artwork. It also represents the way I feel when looking at the artwork, I wanted it to have a deep and sinister feel to it due to her work making me feel uneasy.

[Duration: 3:16]



On Tour with