new soundtrack for Hazel Grian’s VR project ‘We Sing In Fire And Blood’, created in collaboration with Sarah Anderson.
Sound installation and performance.
Created w/ Tineke De Meyer.
Combined mobile application and set of handmade books.
Created w/ Tineke De Meyer
Text contribution to the project 34 Bristols.
Created w/ Emilie Grenier.
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
Short Films For You is a collection of micro-experiences presented as a book with accompanying soundtracks and physical objects.
[Read more…] about Short Films For You
soundtrack composed for 3rd Person Redux by Prototype Theatre. Touring Summer 2010.
‘breathing is important’
Audiences were invited to download an MP3 and turn up at a secret location to listen to the track at a specified time.
On the soundtrack the audience would hear a specially composed score along with narration and instructions.
Two MP3 files were made available, so the audience were divided in half. While one group was instructed to perform a simple scene the other group heard this described as if it were a film scene, but they could actually see it happening around them.
Throughout the piece these roles of watcher/performer alternated between the groups, ever increasing in pace until by the end they are all performing/watching simultaneously.
The work is a snapshot image of contemporary Britain, allowing the audience to watch it, reflect on it, and live it. It explored ideas of how mobile technology can create social disconnection in shared public spaces. It also looked for ways to use those same technologies to create connections between strangers and friends, to savour the moment and the temporary space that was created during the performance.
This is no requiem, this a celebratory slow dance, a chance to savour the world you live in, and to see it with fresh eyes.”
‘as if it were the last time’ is the second subtlemob.
Information and videos are at http://subtlemob.com,
I’m still trying to work out what subtlemobs are exactly, but these are the current thoughts –
Imagine walking through a film, but it’s happening on the streets you live in
Subtlemobs usually happen in public spaces
This is music composed for those spaces
This is about trying to make films without cameras
It’s about integrating with a social or physical space, not taking it over
The audience listen on headphones, a mix of music, story and instructions
Sometimes they just watch, sometimes they perform scenes for each other
A subtlemob is not a flashmob
try to remain invisible . . .
soundtrack composed for the Sita Calvert-Ennals directed version of Frozen by Bryony Lavery.
“..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
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