I shall be exhibiting some new site specific sound art for Thursday 8th to Saturday 17th September at Sound Yard. Please do come along and listen if you can. Details below.
Ghosts of Paradise Yard
A Sound Art Triptych
1. Holy Trinity School
2. Kagyu Samye Dzong
3. Art Lab
Sound Yard at IKLECTIK Art Lab
Old Paradise Yard,
20 Carlisle Lane,
London SE1 7LG
8th – 17th September 2016
Ghosts of Paradise Yard (GPY) is a sound installation that explores the history of Old Paradise Yard through sonic time travel. Following on from the work of Bennet & Coombs, Land of Lambs (presented at Making Sense in 2014), GPY presents a longer investigation into three moments in the site’s history: as a school, a Buddhist centre, and a performance space.
Each section is produced by manipulating field recordings with customised algorithms. The work is presented in two ways that allow the listener to experience sonic ghosts in situ: in a simplified version over speakers hidden in the OPY garden, and in it’s full realisation over wireless headphones.
Holy Trinity School
In 1839 the church of the Holy Trinity was consecrated on what used to be part of the kitchen garden of Lambeth Palace. Soon after schools were built on what is now OPY.
In August 2016 I organised a workshop at V22 Louise House for children to learn how to make their own field recordings. It is these recordings that form the material for this section. Avery, Nora, Nestor, and Orla imagined, planned, and re-enacted games and scenes that they thought may have occurred in the late 1800s.
The Field Recording & Sonic Time Travel Workshop was held at V22 Louise House, Forrest Hill, as part of Summer Club // Sound, 4th August 2016. In association with SoundFjord & These Feathers Have Plumes.
Kagyu Samye Dzong
Before moving to Bermondsey Spa, the Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist centre was based in the building that is now IKLECTIK Art Lab. As a branch of the Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery in Scotland, the centre provides a “constant programme of Buddhist teachings, meditation retreats and meditation instructions”.
The material this section is based on is from a recording made at one of their meditation and chant sessions on Saturday 3rd September 2016.
Since 2014, IKLECTIK has been a haven for experimental musicians. It remains one of the few venues in central London which regularly offers space for free improvisation.
In March 2016 a concert was given by the improvising big band Some Some Unicorn, which included me, to launch its crowd funding campaign to raise money for a new album. The live recording of this concert is used as the basis of this third section.
Incidentally, the crowd funding campaign was successful and the album Unicornicopia is now available on CD and via download. More information is available here: somesomeunicorn.co.uk