This was a wonderful four days of papers, concerts and installations. Keynotes from Chris Watson and Leah Barclay. Thank you to those who organised this event, especially to Dr. Rob Mackay.
Presenting a paper at this conference on Tuesday 5th September 2017, with Dr. Manuella Blackburn
Full programme available at: wwm.bangor.ac.uk/programme.php.en
Performance of 'A bit closer to home' at the Sound of Memory Conference, MAAST Concert 2 also featuring the work of Pete Stollery; Fergus Kelly, Esther Kiburi, Tim Howle, J. M. Fox, Paul Dibley and Katharine Norman. Entrance is free!
'Beyond the Lakes' has been chosen to be performed at the Sound and Environment Conference in Hull.
Full details about the conference are available here: soundenvironment.net/
Beyond the Lakes explores the inner sonic qualities and hidden sounds masked beneath the industrial soundscape of Workington, Cumbria. A new environment brings sounds that invade our listening space because they are new and unfamiliar such as the echoing screech of seagulls in Portland Square, a small cobbled square surrounded by concrete dwellings. The mourning call of the seagull and other birds also presents interesting sonic characteristics, almost a human-like cry.
This piece reflects a past soundscape that may have once witnessed historic events that occurred around Workington Hall, such as the arrival of Mary Queen of Scots as she fled from Scotland in 1568. This virtual soundworld weaves amongst present day soundscape recordings; the song of the blackbird, a family of ducks amongst the reeds and a dog frolicking in the river that flows around the hall.
While often some soundscape compositions highlight environmental concerns, for this work I chose to focus on the masked sonic worlds that exist in Workington. This piece was commissioned by The Octopus Collective as part of the Full of Noises Festival, 2015 with funding from the Women Make Music, PRS for Music Foundation.
Have a listen here.
My piece A Bit Closer to Home has been chosen to be performed at the Sound and Memory Conference co-hosted by University of Kent and Goldsmiths. Events run from the 22nd-24th April. Hildegard Westerkamp is performing a concert of her works on Saturday 22nd April at 7:45. My own work will be in the concert on Sunday 23rd at 7:30.
More information can be found here: www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/events/soundofmemorysymposium.html