SoundStage 30

It’s been a fabulous week here on SoundStage sending sonic tendrils out to you festivalCHAT goers. We hope you’ve discovered some new artists to tickle your ears (and eyes), sounds to excite you and sounds to soothe you. Maybe both even. At the same time. So without further ado, here’s the penultimate SoundStage, the scritchy scratchy sounds of…..

Jon Lloyd/Walthamstow Home Keyboard Laboratory – Unparalleled Sound Pressure

Compiled from dictaphone and digital field recordings and tape loops.

https://experimentalsoundart.bandcamp.com/track/unparalleled-sound-pressure-waterworks-festival

The pieces I produce are unashamedly broken, incomplete, imperfect.

They are created quickly, seeking to capture a moment.

Unparalleled Sound Pressure was an attempt to document an event that hadn’t happened, and subsequently, never happened; the controversial Waterworks Music Festival in London in 2020. The piece intended to predict an outcome, but instead stands as false testimony to an event that never transpired. It was a protest piece for a cause that was won only through pandemic intervention.

The Walthamstow Home Keyboard Laboratory, involves childrens’ home keyboards from the 1980s and 1990s. These are the toys of my youth, but they were things I never had and could never afford until they were for sale at carboot sales and charity shops. Except, this is a conceit, because I’m very middle class, and could probably have asked my parents to buy them for me. Many of the purchases I made in my twenties I subsequently sold and have since re-purchased at inflated collectors’ rates, from Ebay.

Nevertheless, I seek to accurately portray their sonic characteristics, without the luxuries of digital intervention or external effects. Tracks are improvised, sometimes echo-ing the equipment’s time-period in a broadly Hauntological fashion, and sometimes forging more abstract noise-based arrangements. The pieces flow and each layer follows the last. The tracks are presented chronologically as they were recorded – piecemeal, over a week or so – and demonstrate a level of development in my understanding of how to use them. They are a personal exploration of the material culture of my (perceived) youth.

Twitter: @homekeyboard

Bandcamp: Walthamstow Home Keyboard Laboratory

And now…..the SoundStage finale you’ve all been waiting for……the piece made by YOU….a big round of applause please………it’s……(keep that screaming down please!)…..it’s….

Postcards from All Edges

Arr. Dave Webb with Lara Band, Jobbe Wijnen, Laura Aish, John Tierney, Dan Lee, Antonia Thomas, Rachael Kiddey, Lawrence Northall, Ursula Frederick, Jacqui Mulville, Ben Philcox, Hilary Orange

Tiny sound pictures charting your journeys to #festivalCHAT2020: A front door in East London. Late night seagulls at Ramsgate Harbour circling the fishing boats. An echoey street in Gelderland, so noisy that every falling hairpin can be heard inside, listening to some radio, going outside, a family had just passed, and then a 1950 Mercedes car passed by.

A walk through overgrown graveyard in West Cork – Kilbrogan has one of the oldest ‘modern’ headstones in Ireland dating to 1623 – the mortuary monument appears to be Protestant and it represents the divided and contested landscape of the Bandon area since the town was founded in 1608.

The sea at Dingyshowe, Deerness. The beach is a tombolo between The East Mainland and Deerness (‘nearly an island’). This beach on the east side faces the North Sea. The tide was high, and the weather calm, and small waves were breaking over a small sand shelf at the top of the beach. Sometimes the waves would wash over to the top of the sand. Nearby is a large broch mound, hence the ‘howe’ placename of the beach. Willow and Bee, the kittens purring.

A calf mooing and a bit of owl, a windy and rainy old morning, near Dartmouth, south Devon, UK. Breakfast at Zest Cafe, Ramsgate. A trip for coffee in Canberra with the general bustle of birds, people walking past, hum of building sounds (electricity?). The River taff on a  morning run, CV19 defences. And a laptop falling off a desk….

Credits, Thanks + Shoutouts

festivalCHAT was brought to you by the CHAT Standing committee:

Dan Lee (Festival working group lead, website design)

Hilary Orange (Chair, Festival working group, web content editor)

Miriam Rothenberg (Festival working group)

Þóra Pétursdóttir (Festival working group)

Rebecca L. Hearne (Festival working group)

Jaime Almansa-Sánchez

Emma Dwyer

Rachael Kiddey

Nota Pantzou

Carolyn L. White

Jobbe Wijnen

Bill Caraher

Thanks to: Katy Whitaker (festival map), Sponsors (Archaeopress, SPMA)

Shout outs: All of the festivalCHAT contributors!

pubCHAT Europe + Africa

Real ale handpumps. Source Wikipedia.

Rachael Kiddey and Hilary Orange are hosting PubCHAT on 20:00 BST (21:00 SAST) Friday 23 October

Hilary Orange and Emma Dwyer are hosting PubCHAT on 19:00 GMT (21:00 SAST) Friday 30 October

Join these social events and link up with people in Europe and Africa.

Come CHAT with us! PubCHATs are designed to be an informal way to meet other contemporary and historical archaeologists and to talk about life, research, and interests! There is no formal programme, so just show up with your favorite evening beverage or meal and be prepared to socialise. These PubCHATs are timed to be accessible for those located in Europe and Africa, but everybody is welcome! This is part of a series of three events being held in association with the Festival in different timezones (including the Americas and Asia/Oceania).

We will send out the Zoom link via the CHAT JiscMail (CONTEMP-HIST-ARCH@jiscmail.ac.uk) a few days before the event. You can sign up to join this mailing list HERE by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button.

Note: There is no official language for pubCHATs and while it is likely that many of those who come along speak English, we welcome speakers of all languages.

The legends slot: Tributes to rock and pop musicians in London

Hilary Orange (UK)

Blue Bird Sessions on Wednesday 28 October 12.30 GMT @HilaryOrange

Note: this event will take place on Twitter

Come to the Blue Bird Tent to tour the shrines and tribute sites associated with rock and pop legends in London. From Highgate in the north to Brixton in the south, shrines, statues and murals are located in places that have a biographical association with an artist, as well as for reasons of access and symbolic value. Some of these sites are ephemeral, while others have become more ‘permanent’ features in the urban landscape over time. While fans do much of the initial physical and emotional labour in creating tribute sites, families and friends of the stars, property owners/managers, authorities, waste management teams, transport agencies, and heritage professionals also make choices in the site’s ongoing development, maintenance, and destruction. Persistence of memorialisation in the urban landscape depends on the emotional connections between music, musician and fan, on the music continuing to have resonance, and on fans continuing to undertake pilgrimages to sites.

Join this tour to take part in a musical pilgrimage to places associated with David Bowie, Amy Winehouse, George Michael, Freddie Mercury, and Marc Bolan.

This Blue Bird Session is based on a three-year longitudinal study of tributes to rock and pop musicians in London carried out by Hilary Orange and Paul Graves-Brown (Co-Is) 2016-2019.