Music Under the Radar
Tristram Cary: Electronic Music
St. Mary’s Hall, Diss
The Tristram Cary: Music Under the Radar exhibition has been one of Diss Museum’s successes this year.
Project co-ordinator Tristan Burfield went to great lengths to get performers who knew Cary and his work for a concert.
A packed audience saw a film of Cary’s life and achievements, including his Fressingfield compositions for films and the early Dr. Who series.
Introduced by Cary’s son John, the audience then heard Trios, a work for synthesizer, played by Ian Helliwell and relying for its development on the throw of large dice.
Tristram Cary created the synthesizer, used by bands like Pink Floyd. His prototype can be seen in the museum.
Simon Desorgher on flute and Lawrence Casserley on electronics then played Narcissus.
A few people slipped away, feeling that this was not for them. But the bulk of the audience responded positively to this out-of-the-box composer.
Original work, leading performers and a responsive audience suggested that Cary might become associated greatly with East Anglia.