Arcanum 17

  • composed by Christopher Williams and Charlie Morrow, 2012
  • after texts by André Breton
  • performed by Reidemeister Move: Robin Hayward (microtonal tuba) and Christopher Williams (contrabass)

Arcanum 17 is a 42-minute composition by Christopher Williams and Charlie Morrow for contrabass and microtonal tuba, text, and field recordings based on surrealist André Breton’s 1944 book of the same name, in which he sees “love and loss, aggression and war, pacifism, feminism and the occult” through the prism of Rocher Percé, a massive natural arc on the east coast of Quebec.

Visit the Arcanum 17 blog for the complete binaural recording, description, credits, and footage from the making of!