Orbis Tertius

Trial of the Ignorant Truth Concerto (2012)

Warwick Lynch / Tim Wickham / Nicholas Ng / Kieran Smits


Orbis Tertius, Latin for 'World Three’ is named after the Jorge Luis Borges short story "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius". Karl Popper the Austrian philosopher described these worlds as:
World 1: The world of physical objects & events, including biological entities.
World 2: The World of mental objects & events.
World 3: Objective knowledge.
Orbis Tertius is the realm of the imagination, a collective vision, and an ensemble that attempts to play music with no fixed physical location.

Web links & you tube links: http://thethirdchamber.com/

What is your favourite Concerto?

Clint Mansell’s Death is the Road to Awe, performed by The Kronos Quartet & Mogwai and Trey Spruance’s Le Mani Destre Recise Degli Ultimi Uomini  (The Severed Right Hands of the Last Men), performed by Secret Chiefs 3

Career highlight?

Helping with the tech & performing in an improvised electronic jam space as part of Electrofringe festival in 2004 & the following year performing with the MSO as part of Nicholas Ng’s work, The Secret of The Golden Flower.

What inspired you to compose this piece?

Timing, Philosophy, Friends

What should the audience look out for when listening?    

Instruments that allow extra intervals & harmonic content from outside the twelve tones of Equal Temperament, such as Erhu, Musical Saw, Microtonal Guitar & Saz.

How has technology changed your relationship to making and listening to music?

Technology allows us to imagine large-scale works that are completely unfeasible in reality; it allows us to imagine ensemble combinations, to prototype and share compositional ideas and to combine acoustic & amplified elements in new ways.