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Import/Export is a Suite for global junk that is centred on the theme of globalisation; it is written for seemingly ‘culture-less’ objects that have been reclaimed, to create stimulating, socially aware music. It is a 30-minute project featuring British percussionist Joby Burgess. There are seven voyages expressed through four movements, each of which uses a different object: Fanta bottles, an oil drum, plastic bags and a wooden pallet. As well as being reclaimed and recycled junk, all these objects are used to make music in some parts of the world.
Visual artist Kathy Hinde uses video to highlight the journeys of each of the objects and the contrasting locations of where they are found, further enhanced by sound processing and the use of surround sound. It contains a powerful message underlined by Prokofiev’s choice of instruments from which Burgess produces an imaginative array of sound effects.