So due to the lock down I am now at home with 2 small children trying to do some of my day job and keep the kids entertained. One of my son’s teacher is setting challenges each day . One of the challenges was to write a sea shanty. Well this felt like a challenge that could become a bigger project. I also discovered a week ago that my Edirol recording device – an RO9 that i have had for over 10 years – has been wrecked by the AA batteries that i left in (silly thing for a technician to do)! So i decided to invest in a new recording device – a Tascam DR40X ( we have 2 at work). Anyway back to the challenge. Max (my son) wrote some words ( with help from me) and I recorded him ‘singing’ the words using the Tascam. We all helped with the background music ( including our 2.5 yr old Lily). Max helped me mix the track and here it is on Soundcloud!
After a couple of years in the creative wilderness ( having a second baby) i am trying to find the time to start some new projects. Last October i collaborated with fellow technicians from University of Leeds School of Performance & Cultural Industries to create a piece on the subject of sustainability. Artistic Director of stage@leeds Steve Ansell (my boss) wanted to create an urban jungle in the theatre foyer. Using lighting (including a bike powered EL wire sign saying HELP), sound, projection and a ‘tree’ made from crates and left over materials, we created the piece for the evening of Light Night 2019.
The sound was created using a combination of recorded ‘human’ jungle noises, soundscapes from both the urban and natural landscape and a live loop pedal that allowed visitors to add their own jungle sounds into the mix.
Currently i am working on a couple of ideas using an instrument i got for Christmas 2018 and also ideas around audio books for children.
I have two new lots of work to post about….
Firstly I have been working with Dark Horse Theatre Company as a Sound Designer for a new show that opens at the end of the month at Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield: You Have Been Watching tours venues around Yorkshire – see here for links:
Secondly i created a piece for a Cities and Memories called Protest and Politices – where artists took sound recordings taken from protests and demos around the world and remixed them. click here for a link to the website: http://citiesandmemory.com/protest/
Back in June we installed the collaborative installation piece Sea into the Horby Room in Liverpool Library. The exhibition was on for two months and in early July during the Book Fair at the Library I had a separate wireless headphone installation going. People were able to wander around the Book Exhibition and listen to my sound piece with Liz Cashdan’s words and voice coming through the sea sounds.
Currently working on a new collaborative project which will be premiered as part of the Liverpool Book Exhibition in July.
Along with my long term collaborators Pat Hodson and Liz Cashdan, I am working on a piece on the theme of Shakespeare and the sea (an excerpt of the sound coming soon). The installation which includes a hanging book and sound on headphones (including a poem written by Liz), will be part of the Liverpool book exhibition in the Hornby room of Liverpool’s central library during the Liverpool Book Fair in July.
Barrow Beats – a piece created from sounds collected during a Soundwalk in Barrow-in-Furness as part of a curated project by Hear This Space.
You can hear my latest piece of work as part of the Palindrone Jukebox (The Reversing Machine exhibition) at The Tetley in Leeds until Feb 28th. The piece was designed to be played both forwards and in reverse. For more details of the exhibition go to:
My piece from the collaborative project is now on Soundcloud:
You can view pictures from the event at:
My latest work is part of a collaborative performance event in Warrington on November the 2nd. At the Edge of Darkness is a 2 hour event which is part of Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival.
My work is an audio installation for headphones which is partly a response to one of Anna Barbauld’s poems, as well as a response to the writing and work of the other artists taking part, and the environment – Warrington Art Gallery and Museum.