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….

SoundStage 27

Soundmarks: cast your ears over Radio Lento’s soniferous summerscape and Lawrence Northall’s soni-ferrous reflections. If you don’t know the score by now, we’ll say it again: everything is better with headphones

Lawrence Northall – Echoes

The sound piece Echoes formed part of an installation & temporary exhibition exploring the history & archaeology of Kent’s coastal sound mirrors, as part of the Ramsgate Festival of Sound. The piece is created from field recordings taken within the face of Fan Bay’s recently excavated 1917 mirror & contemporary docks. Two metal acoustic mirrors were specially built for the exhibition & recordings of the public interacting with them also feature in the mix. The sound piece explores the nature of changing technologies & our experience of their associated sounds, highlighting the shifting relationship between developments in machinery & the sensory reality of Kent’s local spaces over time. The installation and exhibition now exists in digital form on CITiZAN website: https://citizan.org.uk/blog/2020/Oct/21/kents-coastal-sound-mirrors-digital-exhibition/

Radio Lento – Early Summer Breezes

http://bit.ly/LenEsx1

Madeleine Sugden and Hugh Huddy live in London with their two children. As for so many city dwellers, when lockdown came, it meant an indefinite period trapped inside a built-up area. Drawing initially from their archive sound recordings, their response was to set up Radio Lento. Radio Lento is a podcast service that provides places to escape to in 3D immersive sound. Each episode presents the listener with a richly spatial sound recording of time passing in a peaceful place. Recorded on-location, most episodes run for around 30 minutes, with some lasting over an hour. Since lockdown eased, they’ve tried every weekend to get out to a remote location to record new material. They travel on public transport and on foot, carrying their gear in a rucksack and, when footpaths are flooded, also their children! When they find a peaceful spot, they leave their equipment to record unattended.

For festivalChat they are sharing Early summer breezes. It evokes the Essex countryside and their first escape from a locked-down city. “On a June afternoon on a warm breezy walk in the Essex countryside we left the microphones in a tree at the top of a rarely used bridleway to record the sound of the wind. The tree was one of an outcrop amongst fields of barley and home to a robin. High above the fields were skylarks, not a common sound these days. In the distance an ice-cream van can be heard on its way to cheer everyone up in the Lea Valley Park. It was a lovely spot to find after so long trapped at home. We sat in the warm sun with the smell of wild grass, listening to the early summer breezes, with a haze-free view of the London skyline.”  https://twitter.com/RadioLento/status/1303959565839540224

https://twitter.com/RadioLento @RadioLento

 

SoundStage

A sound stage for festivalCHAT curated by Lara Band, Dave Webb and Lawrence Northall (UK)

Hello and welcome to SoundStage. Over the week, every day, we’ll be here introducing soundstronauts, noise makers, musicians and sonic experimenters for all your aural pleasures.

Follow the daily entries as they emerge here:

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Original call for contributions

We’re putting out this call for you to either create something new or share a ready made sound piece. Your piece should be a response to place, space or materiality: You may also want to consider the special themes: Archaeologies of festivals; COVID-19 pandemic; Equality & Diversity; Decolonializing contemporary archaeology; Archaeologies of protest; Togetherness & Fragmentation; Drift.

If you’ve a piece you’d like featured, send us your bio and some words about the piece (max 300 words), a link* and an image (as a separate file named ‘artist name’.jpg) to soundstagechat@gmail.com. Include your social media @s too. We’ll organise submissions into themed sets – using your own words and image as the main texts of the blog. Every day during the week long festival the festivalCHAT website will release a blog with the set as suggested listening for the day.

*Sound pieces with accompanying film are also welcome but you must be able to host this yourself. We envisage that most of you will have your own Soundcloud, Bandcamp, webpage or similar but we can help you set up a free Soundcloud account if necessary.