Performative soundwalk for two people for the Saitama Triennale 2017.
Created w/ Sarah Anderson
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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 ]
“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”
Short Films For You is a collection of micro-experiences presented as a book with accompanying soundtracks and physical objects.
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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 . . .
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 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..’ 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.
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