John Del’ Nero began his career in London’s West End on productions such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Billy Liar and Jeeves. He designed the sound for the original Rocky Horror Show and has been Sound Designer for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo for the past 20 years. He has worked for Royal Families in the UK and abroad including Jordan and Saudi Arabia. John has previously worked with Artichoke on Hilary Westlake’s Dining with Alice and Peace Camp.
Orlando Gough is a composer (and sometimes lyricist, librettist, music director, MC, recording engineer, cookery writer), who writes operas, choral music, music-theatre, music for dance and theatre, and creates large-scale site-specific work. Collaborators have included Siobhan Davies, Alain Platel, Shobana Jeyasingh and Ashley Page of The Royal Ballet. In 2010 the Turner Contemporary commissioned Gough to compose a work for its opening ceremonies: “The Red Volcano” – for community choir and orchestra, had its World Premiere in April 2011 conducted by Anthony Castro.
Designed for casual encounters and quiet engagement, Ready to Drop melds the urban bustle with the wash of nature, gently displacing the sounds of the night with echoes of the day
Ready to Drop ran from after dark until mid-morning, surprising local night owls and the early swim and breakfast crowd alongside sound art aficionados and the casual passers-by. Inspired by the thousand twangling instruments that hummed around Caliban’s ears in The Tempest, the piece captures the daytime bustle of Brighton Beach basketball court.
Whilst walking together through Gough’s hometown last year, the two were struck by the energy, joy, competition, and communication of the court and its users, from basketball players to roller skaters. Ready to Drop is their response to this poetry in sound, field recordings of the collective sounds made by people at play on the basketball court and those of the adjacent dingy stand, the wind and the sea, combined with original composition.
You can find out more about Ready to Drop and listen to interviews with the creatives and participants via the Artichoke guide on the Bloomberg Connects app.
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It’s 5am. Brighton beach. You are sitting on a low wall beside the basketball court. Dawn approaches. During the day this place is buzzing with action. Now, there is no one else around except the odd seagull. And this is what you hear…
John Del' Nero and Mike Furness recording dinghies. Ready to Drop, conceived and created by Orlando Gough and John Del ‘Nero, Brighton Basketball Court, August 2021. Photo by Matthew Andrews