Jonathan Packham

Dialogue [for Chapelle Charbon]

The site at Chapelle Charbon is surrounded by a resistant physical boundary. It is a challenge to experience the interior—even at its most permeable points we might only glimpse the space through a gap in a wall or a hole in a fence. Anyone with noisy neighbours can tell you about sound’s capacity to circumvent physical boundaries. Accordingly, this score proposes points at which we might sound a more porous membrane into existence. It shows how we could open up the threshold between exterior and interior to all kinds of noise-making. In turn, we might find that previously rigid physical boundaries seem—at least momentarily—less resistant.


Jonathan Packham is a composer, researcher and performer based in Oxford.