A short series of augmented video works created for La Monnaie / De Munt Opera.
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A Folded Path and Of Sleeping Birds are pedestrian speaker symphonies, soundtracks for cities, carried through the streets by a participating audience, experienced by everyone it passes.
[ working as Circumstance ]
These Pages Fall Like Ash is one story told across two books. One is a crafted physical artefact, the other a digital text on hard drives hidden across a real city and read on your mobile device. The two come together and provide a singular reading experience.
[ working as Circumstance ]
“a work of subtlety and imagination” – The Book Machine
These Pages Fall Like Ash is one of eight projects supported by the REACT Hub, on behalf of the AHRC as part of the Books and Print Sandbox. It has been developed at the Pervasive Media Studio.
Composed by Tom Abba, Duncan Speakman, Emilie Grenier, Amy Spencer with Nick Harkaway and Neil Gaiman
Infrastructure – Tom Melamed
Location management – Ruth Essex
Historical notes – Eugene Byrne
Books printed by Whitehall
Covers manufactured by CutLaserCut based on initial designs created at Timelab
“and when there was nothing left we had to create something,
we made words out of water so they could flow between us,
we waited for a boat to come,
hoping these seas we made would not dry out”
An MP3 soundwalk for two people in the Soho area of London.
‘what we have done’ imagines a film being made in a dystopian soho of the future. As the dust settles on a post credit crisis world what’s left of our trust and values when everything is ‘to let’.
This work was commissioned by the Soho Theatre as part of ‘Everything must go’.
(right click if you’re on a pc and choose save as or hold down the CTRL key and click if you’re on a mac. )
Both of you should then start outside the door of the Soho Theatre on Dean St. and press play simultaneously. The walk is approximately 18mins long. Please bring something of personal value with you.
‘what we have done’ by duncan speakman
[additional voice] Jane McCarthy [script editor] Emilie Grenier [thanks] Nina Steiger, Sheena Bucktowonsig
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 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.
“..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
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
‘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…
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
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.