Opening Scene


A short musical ‘soundtrack for walking’ commissioned by Meeting House Gallery. A film without pictures for the streets of Illminster, inspired by the walking guides from the Illminster Forum, each MP3 player came with an attached set of walking instructions

100 meters ( a gift )


‘100 meters..’ allows the listener to hear further than they can see.
Like an aural telescope, recordings made by the artist on journeys between the four venues involved in ”the animal gaze’ are played as if your range of hearing was constantly expanding, letting the audience build a sonic picture of routes through Plymouth.

Drawing on the listening practices of both animal predators and prey, ‘100 meters…’ frames these sounds with text inspired by the legacy of journeys in blues songs.

Commissioned by Groundworks South West as part of ‘Animal Gaze’.
the walks can be downloaded from here, each is designed to be listened to outside the venue in the filename.

Boundary Songs


A series of micro-sound walks in the Redfern area of Sydney.
These mixtures of music, sound design and spoken word are recreations of moments in the lives of local residents.

Tracing the layered communities of the indigenous, colonial and immigrant residents of the area, the audio work was accompanied by a handmade folded guide containing additional writing and visual guides to the routes.
Commissioned by Performance Space.
The entire pack of pieces and map for printing can be downloaded from here

A Song for 50 Hearts



a new soundwalk commission by Artmusic for their Palace Intrusions project ( http://palaceintrusions.org.uk/ ).
This is a circular walk and as such can be started from anywhere on the perimeter of the Bishops Palace in Wells, Somerset. The audio was created by collating and processing recordings of 50 walks I made around the perimeter.

The audiofile for the walk can be downloaded from the Palace Intrusions website or you can borrow an MP3 layer from Wells Museum.

My World Is Empty Without You

“..the show made me notice the beauty and cinematic elegance of everyday life itself” – SuitYourself Magazine

The first subtlemob was created as part of this piece.

Originally commissioned by Mayfest Theatre Festival.

What happens when everyone in the city is listening to the same song?

Wearing headphones, you begin to travel across the city, the soundtrack in your ears turning the world around into your personal cinema. Suddenly a stranger stops you and puts a hand on your shoulder. Their lips don’t move but in your ears you can somehow hear their voice. It feels like telepathy as they begin to speak the words to the song that’s playing in their head…
You continue to move across the city, sometimes guided, sometimes alone; as events unfold in front of you it becomes harder to tell which are staged and which are real.

Built using ‘mscape’, the audience were given handheld computers with headphones. The music score they heard was controlled by satellite positioning and changed to reflect the physical location of the audience. Some performers carried battery powered wifi beacons in their pockets. When they were near an audience member the device carried by the audience would play a recording of that performers voice, the effect was like being able to hear a persons thoughts. Another group of performers were a ’subtlemob’, who roamed the streets following instructions given to them on an MP3 player, they performed everyday actions around the audience, creating a sense of deja-vu as you saw similar events occuring all around you.

SOUNDTRACK BY DUNCAN SPEAKMAN SARAH ANDERSON SAM HALMARAK

DEVISED AND PERFORMED WITH TOM WAINRIGHT MARTHA KING SYLVIA RIMAT ALEX BRADLEY EMMA BUSH SITA CALVERT-ENNALS

COMMISSIONED BY MAYFEST AND ARNOLFINI LIVE

SUPPORTED BY PERVASIVE MEDIA STUDIO BUILT WITH MSCAPE

VIDEO DOCUMENTATION DEB HEARNE

GRATITUDE TO (AND INSPIRATION FROM) CLARE REDDINGTON HELEN COLE TOM MELAMED BEN CLAYTON KATE YEDIGAROFF MATTHEW AUSTIN JO CUTHBERT SIMON GAMESEMILIE GRENIER GENEVIEVE BROWN CARO WINTER JOLYON GREENAWAY VANESSA BELLAAR SPRUIJT BETTINA SCHEIBE PAUL CLARKE ROD DICKINSON PHOEBE DAVIES ROTOZAZA WIM WENDERS ALL THE SUBTLE MOBS

FOR JANICE

For Every Step You Take, I Take One Thousand

On the 27th September 2007, I left Nether Stowey and walked towards Bristol, arriving on the 30th September 2007. My route traced journeys made by contemporary migrant workers and while travelling I made audio recordings of the changing sound environment. On my return to Bristol I immediately performed a live remix of these recordings while speaking texts composed en route.

Text from the performance of ‘for every step you take i take a thousand’ (at ‘Port City’) presented in this small folded bookwork. This is a single edition work with a hand drawn map.
An unlimited edition of this book (with folding instructions and associated audio from the performance) is available for download at http://project.arnolfini.org.uk

[image was posted from location of capture using flickr]

Always Something Somewhere Else


‘always something somewhere else’ is a GPS based soundwalk that builds itself as you experience it. To create it I worked with Hewlett Packard in Bristol and their new mscape software ( http://www.mscapers.com ).

In the work the listener is asked to locate various substances that form the contemporary urban environment (glass, stone, concrete etc.). As they mark the location of each one they begin to hear interwoven stories connecting them to remote locations around the world, soundtracked with a generative music score. The narratives are progressed and concluded as the listener returns to the locations they chose. The piece is reflective and sometimes melancholy, it touches on issues of climate change and global awareness, but ultimately encourages the listener to treasure the moments around them…

Noise Forecast



collaboration with Birgit Binder for Fierce Festival.

Peace and quiet can be difficult to come by in the city, so wouldn’t it be useful if we had a version of Siân Lloyd who could say when the cars are going to start beeping outside your window or the neighbours are going to turn their radio up as if it was predictable as weather fronts?

Based on research involving interviews with local residents, ambient sound recordings and the measurement of environmental sound levels, NoiseForecast is an online audio show created daily over the course of Fierce festival which aims to help you find the ideal time and location to experience either a few moments of tranquility or to immerse yourself in the aural rush of urban activity.

for more info please visit http://noiseforecast.com

Sounds From Above The Ground


“what happens when your ears are full of the city, and you can’t hear the sounds you make..”

‘sounds from above the ground’ was commissioned by Arnolfini as part of Breathing Space.
The walk mixes text, performance and live sound to create a site-responsive work that explore the relationship between sound and memory.

With a small group you follow a lone walker through the city streets, his internal monologue transmitted to your headphones. As you walk, listening to him dig into collective memory, the noise of the city is remixed live around you into glistening fragments and new layers.

In the performance the audience are given stereo wireless receivers and follow me through the city streets. I have a microphone on my chest and my backpack contains a laptop computer and stereo UHF audio transmitter. As we walk the audience listens through my ears as I speak memories and place marks in the city, while the laptop processes and remixes the surrounding ambience.

this work is available for touring

When I Am In Spain I Dream Of Spitzbergen

Installation created in collaboration with Sean Borodale and Volkhart Muller as part of our Hothouse residency at the Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre.
Two blocks of ice hung from hooks slowly melt into buckets resting on mirrors, the sound of dropping water amplified in the space through contact mics. A closed cycle, the melted water is re-frozen over night using a freezer located in the room, and then re-hung the next morning.

Feelings Are Always Local

UPDATE : This walk is now also available as a GPS aware soundwalk on the mScape platform. Please visit http://www.mscapers.com for more info.

‘feelings are always local’ recently launched at The Brewhouse in Taunton as part of the anti-static festival. A downloadable MP3 is available by right-clicking here. If you want to do the walk it starts from outside the cafe entrance to The Brewhouse theatre in Taunton, and heads across th car park into town. You can download the file on to your own MP3 player or pick one up from The Brewhouse bar. (please note that parts of the walk are inaccessible after 6pm)

play audio of walk by clicking icon below
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10 Walks

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created as part of textFestival 2006 as part of a residency with Organic Arts. ’10 walks’ explored the soundworld of a small farm in Devon as it changed in response to the crisis in UK agriculture.

Node.London

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WHAT: pre-recorded soundwalk
WHERE: E:VENT,London, UK
WHEN: ongoing
As part of node.london, I presented a retrospective of soundwalks at E:VENT as part of theirThreshold locative media exhibition.

Hear an extract of the walk here –

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Faced with the issues of presenting site-specific sound works in a gallery context I created a new soundwalk for the venue. The walk brought fragments of my other walks together and linked them to the E:VENT building through their relative co-ordinates. When the listener reached the roof the walk became an aural telescope, as they looked out across London towards the city they heard an editied sequence of location recordings I made on a walk from the Swiss RE building back to the gallery. The narrator was collecting sounds that didn’t have the energy to travel to the listener, and delivering the recordings as a gift.

If you would like to make this walk please download the full file below onto an MP3 player and contact Colm Lally at E:VENT to enquire about visiting to the space.

right click here to download the file (ctrl-click on a Mac)

Dirty Weather

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[ UPDATE – this walk had been made available for the mScape locative media software, visit http://www.mscapers.com to find out more ]

A mixture of location sound, processed recordings,music and narration heard on MP3 players guided listeners on a 20 min walk around the town. The narrators text was sourced from interviews with local residents, archived news stories and ‘The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner’.
click below to hear an extract from ‘dirty weather’

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if you would like to take the walk yourself you can download the full piece below and play it on your own MP3 player or burn it to CD for use in a portable CD player. Watchet is on the north coast of Somerset near Minehead, more information about the town and its location can be found by clicking here. Once you are in Watchet the walk starts outside the front of the library on the esplenade.

download full walk (24mb)

a take art commission – presented as part of ‘Tide and Time’
supported by ArtLife and West Somerset District Council