Piano Burning Annea Lockwood
Sat 29th June 6:45 The Old Goods Yard Bangor.
Bangor Sound City and Soundlands in partnership with the Harwich Festival of the Arts and The Old Goods Yard Artists’ Collective present a performance of 3 of Lockwood’s 1960’s-70’s Piano Transplant series. Annea will be performing alongside guests Xenia Pestova, Sarah Westwood and Ed Wright, along with live video link ups to the other two works:
Piano Burning – The Old Goods Yard Bangor
Piano Garden – Gwydyr Forest
Eastern Exposure – Harwich Beach
The will also be responses to the work from members of The Old Goods Yard Artists’ Collective including: Martin Daws, ScrapYardQueen, Urban Dance Collective, Tim Cumine, Henry Horrell and Brian Nylon.
Having just taken part in a local produce fair, I can’t quite get over the idea that digital stuff sits rather oddly in this.
The complex of buildings in which this was held was the same one that my studio (where I make electro-acoustic music, sonic art, audio installations etc, for fun and profit) is in. Don’t get me wrong there was a very warm reception and the people organising the event are brilliant, but I just feel a few years out of step.
Somehow no one bats an eyelid when someone plays guitar and sings folk songs, in amongst the: muddy potatoes, clothes for £3 rail, and the locally sourced perfume; but something that relies on a computer….
The brilliant thing about a lot of the digital revolution is that the work ‘can be done anywhere’, the problem with artistic stuff is that not only does it inevitably come form some sort of terroir (for want of any better way of putting it!) but that physical, cultural or social, but it also needs to retain some element of that to make sense. In addition, participating in events often relies on interaction between people and the event, even if that is only collectively sitting in silence, or all performing/contributing. The easiest and simplest way to do this is in physical real life.
So my question to you is how much can and should the digital arts be thought of as a local product, or not?
If you’re around in Penmaenmawr on the 18th of May come to the inaugural outing of this….
Anatomy of a Mountain Stream: quadraphonic fixed media
Field recording & processing programming: Edward Wright
We often take things for granted until we look carefully at them. During the cold snap of the winter of 2011 when the snow had dampened all the sounds I bravely/foolishly balanced a surround sound recorder on a rock in the middle of the stream that runs down from the Carneddau, through Parc Plas Mawr in Penmaenan on its way to the sea.
Through manipulating the playback speed of the resulting sound-file it was possible to expose many details of the sound that are often obscured by our ‘normal’ way of listening. By simply changing the sampling rate, we can enter what feel like different sonic dimensions where the very large, and minutely small sonic structures become far more apparent.
In this piece the original 8 minute sound-file is played in its entirety, but the speed has been mapped and composed to create the framework of the piece. The audio was recorded on a Zoom H2 at 4chan x 48kHz x 24 bit, processed in Max/MSP 5. If you need the loo please go before listening to this piece!