Ise City Residency | Supporting material
Resonant Bodies | 2018 | V&A Museum
Resonant Bodies is a 4 channel work commissioned by Prof Eric de Visscher and V&A Research Institute (VARI) for the South Asia Gallery of the V&A Museum as part of London Design Festival 2018. The work brings the sounds of a number of 19th century Indian classical instruments to life on the glass of their display case. Resonators attached to the case cause the surface of the glass to vibrate with recordings of the sounds of the instruments – effectively acting as a giant speaker and allowing the ordinarily silent instruments within the case to ‘speak’ to a visitor.
I used recordings of similar instruments as a starting point for the composition. One of those recordings is of the actual Bin Sitar in the case that was restored and played for the Darbar Musical Wonders of India project a few years ago and I find it an extraordinary experience looking at the object within the case and hearing its sound emanate from the glass.
VIDEO: Brief introduction to Resonant Bodies
City of Things | 2017 | MK Gallery
City of Things is a 60 channel sound installation that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the ‘new town’ of Milton Keynes. Commissioned by Bletchley Park Codebreaking centre in partnership with MK Gallery and the Cowper and Newton Museum and set within the Grade II listed shopping centre building, City of Things opens the city of Milton Keynes up to the ears, providing playful, unexpected encounters with the histories, the people, the secret sounds and the poetics of the city.
I used field recordings and residents voices as the starting point for a composition that features local birds, bats, mosquitos, buddhists, football fans, choirs and the voice of performance poet Murray Lachlan Young. I invited Murray to provide the voice of the poet William Cowper – who lived locally in the 18th century – and I also asked Murray to collaborate on a number of ‘poetic soundworks’ that combined his poetry with my field recordings in response to the current landscape of the city. I embedded the sound into the building itself using a system of resonators on the huge glass windows of the Grade II listed shopping centre, speakers hidden in plants and trees and sound diffused over the tannoy system.
VIDEO: Brief introduction to City of Things