• #Memoryscape

    Enjoy two of the most dramatic riverside walks in London and hear the voices of people whose lives have been entwined with the Thames. These sound walks take place at some of the most fascinating stretches of the river Thames. You can listen as you walk with a CD player, ipod or MP3 player. Click on the links below to explore the trails

    #son #ballade_sonore #rivière #fleuve #Londres #Angleterre #UK
    cc @daphne

    • Echoes of Blackburn Meadows

      The most recent stint of conservation work at Blackburn Meadows by BTCV is now in its final stages. Over the past four weeks, volunteers have worked in all weathers to complete the vital improvements that will lay the foundations for Echoes of Blackburn Meadows. Tasks have comprised draining footpaths, laying new surfaces and removing masses of unwanted litter, bracken and Buddleia.


    • Scottish National Gallery soundwalk

      We* wanted to create a soundwalk through the Old Town, narrated by interviews with people working in various jobs across central Edinburgh. We soon, however, saw this as a long-term project, after numerous refusals from potential interviewees.
      After we received the cold shoulder to do an interview with the proprietors of the seasonally blind Christmas Shop, we headed to Oxgangs, a 1950s suburb to the city’s southwest. The area has some striking signage and architecture, particularly the bell tower of St. John’s church.

      We took the number 4 bus back in to the city centre, and walked east. Posters for a Scottish photography retrospective in the Scottish National Gallery drew us in. The exhibit was strong, but it was small, so we walked around the permanent collection. As we walked through the rooms among the paintings and marble busts, we got on to the topic of gallery audio tours. How fun would it be to make our own? The idea started to unfurl and was built over repeat trips.

      We realized there was a wealth of re-interpretations to be made, as we started to assign songs and other texts that seemed to fit, however esoterically, with what we were seeing. We also paid attention to the experience of being in the gallery, especially the sounds of each room.

      The Scottish National Gallery soundwalk is an audio tour played out in real time that can be listened to anywhere (try it out in your local gallery).

      #art #musée

    • P r o j e c t D e t a i l : A R e c o r d o f F e a r

      A Record of Fear was a commission for Contemporary #Art in Historic Places, a partnership between the National Trust, English Heritage and Commissions East in which three artists were invited to create new work inspired by historic properties.

      Once a secret military testing site and now a nature reserve, #Orford_Ness temporarily played host to a series of audio and video works exploring aspects of broadcast and transmission.

      The viewing gallery of the #Black_Beacon building - used to develop an experimental navigation device - was the location for an audio work, which used manipulated sound recordings from the Ness. Visitors were invited to listen carefully to what is already there as well as what is generally inaudible to the human ear. An array of contact mics, hydrophones, ultrasonic recorders and regular microphones had been used to capture the subtle ambient sounds of the site.

      The Exmoor Choir were invited to perform madrigals in some of the remaining military buildings, once used for environmental testing of the atomic bomb. The human presence singing songs of love and an awareness of the passing of time provided a poignant counterpoint to the stark and disturbing interiors. A specially commissioned piece by Yannis Kyriakides entitled “U” provided a meditation on the passing of time.

      For one-day only, visitors were allowed to enter some normally inaccessible test laboratories that become locations for sound installations, including the sited recording of a working centrifuge at AWE Aldermaston which was formerly in use at AWRE Orfordness.


    • Experimental Research Network

      The Experimental Research Network is a space for academics, artists and anyone else who has an interest in creative experimentation with research practice.

      Currently, the network includes academics using experimental audio and visual methods in their research, researchers using experimental narrative, textual and print-based methods, sound artists, avant-garde film makers, photographers, performance artists and musicians.

      The aims of the Network are:

      – To actively promote and encourage experimentation within research practice, helping to create an enlarged and enlivened sense of what research might encompass

      – To initiate and coordinate experimental research events – conferences, workshops, meetings

      – To distribute and share information about relevant events and funding opportunities

      – To foster new links between individuals and institutions working experimentally with research methods

      In short, we aim to bring together people who are using creative, innovative, novel, or risky research practices in their work, regardless of their location, affiliation or research topic, in a way that is mutually supportive, intellectually stimulating and fun. If this sounds like your thing, why not join us?

      The Experimental Research Network was initiated in 2010 by Dr Michael Gallagher and Jonathan Prior, both currently based at The University of Edinburgh, Scotland. It developed out of an international training and networking project funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).