I work mainly with field recordings as source material, and lately have ventured into combining these with camera footage to create short audio-visual pieces
I live in West Yorkshire on the edge of the South Pennines. The surrounding upland landscape holds a stark, dramatic beauty, but I also consider it to be relatively ecologically impoverished, with dominant land management regimes leaving little opportunity for native wildlife to thrive. In Rewilding I imagine an alternative reality where humans have rebalanced their relationship with other species, natural habitats are restored, and nature is back. The piece takes the form of two halves, the first set within the current landscape, and the second an exploration of the range of habitats which might prevail in a more ecologically balanced alternative. The re-imagined landscape is not beyond the bounds of possibility - all species and scenes included could be present if we chose.
My inspiration for Rewilding came from reflecting on the wider body of ecological sound art I have experienced and read about, and how I might make my own creative contribution to raising environmental awareness. More information on building the piece, the research behind it, and other examples of ecological sound art can be found on a blog dedicated to the project.
I’ve also done some thinking on how sound art might best be used for environmental activism.
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Life in the Rain (2019) - binaural
Life in the Rain was originally created as a 5.1 surround sound piece but has been remixed below for binaural playback - listen to it using headphones, not stereo room speakers, otherwise it might sound a bit odd.
The piece explores the sonic and visual world of rain. In recent years heavy rain in my home town has led to local flooding. There are times when one can feel immersed (or submerged even) in the sounds and sensation of rainwater and run-off. The title of this piece is open to interpretation. It may refer to the life of an individual in the rain, maybe a human or possibly a small creature such as the spider or snail in the piece. The macro photography suggests a world viewed from such a perspective. It could also however refer to the life within the rain water itself: small sounds are zoomed in on for their intrinsic sonic qualities, whilst at other times one experiences textures of water in a highly kinetic, arrhythmic state.
Life in the Rain can also be viewed at Fuse Arts Space, Bradford until 7th July, 2019 as part of the exhibition “You Cannot Step Into The Same River Twice’
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