What Is Karito?
Karito is an audio sculpture made from interpretations of the 192 national anthems of the member states of the United Nations layered upon one another and projected simultaneously from multiple sound sources.
The random juxtaposition of the various themes and instruments creates a new piece, the structure and tone of which are determined by the listeners relative position within Karito at any particular moment.
No two listeners will experience the piece in the same way.
The work was first exhibited at The General Assembly of The United Nations in New York in 2008 and will be shown at The Henley Festival in 2014.
What is the idea driving the work?
The individual anthems work together to create a greater whole.
Some of the anthems may be considered sophisticated, others simple. Often, what might be thought of as a mundane melody is transformed into something extraordinary simply by being played in conjunction with another.
Occasional dissonances do occur, but invariably time passes and something harmonically beautiful and surprising takes place a few bars later.
What is a nation?
What is the relationship between myself and the rest of mankind?
What is the function of identity?
This musical structure, of bringing individual parts together as a new whole being experienced from different perspectives, echoes what I believe to be at the core of any human interaction.
Where does the name Karito come from?
It is the Esperanto word meaning love of one’s neighbour.
How is it done?
The individual anthems were recorded in the same key by violin, viola, cello, bass, trumpet, trombone, guitar and piano, and then mixed separately to create 1536 individual music files.
The music files are programmed in random shuffle mode on several MP3 players.
The random selection of instruments and themes from the various sound sources makes it impossible to predict what will happen next.
The music never repeats.
The Logo is made up of 192 interconnecting circles, reinforcing the overall theme — a circle alone is symbolic and a thing of beauty - however when combined with others something more powerful is created.
Who is David Barratt?
As a producer/songwriter, Barratt has worked with many artists and collected several gold and platinum records with, amongst others, Robert Plant and David Bowie.
His environmental works have been performed in New York and London. His audio sculpture Karito was installed at the United Nations General Assembly in New York in October 2008. Barratt’s audio sculpture Medicino was shown in Rome in 2010.
In 2012 he finished his three year long work The Beatles Complete On Ukulele, partnering with artists as diverse as Wang Chung, Cynthia Lennon, Deepak Chopra and Victor Spinetti.
As a music artist Barratt has released his own music through various independent labels including three albums under the pseudonym Yellow Note and the critically acclaimed Walking Down Memory Gap Lane as Dubchek.
He has scored several films for artist Faiyaz Jafri, the latest of which, Cyclone Forever, debuted at The Museum Of Modern Art In New York in April 2013.
Barratt has had visual works exhibited in London, New York, Singapore and Bangkok.
In addition hehas written countless songs and underscores for advertising, TV, film and fashion shows including Revlon, BMW, Pepsi Cola & Star Wars and is currently part of the musical project Men With Ven.