Huge thank you to The Point for hosting a preview of my immersive sound exhibition The Choreography of Sound. The exhibition gave me an opportunity to test some of the recordings I have made while researching the project, and get some audience feedback on what has been successful so far.
“OK. When did you know it was love?”
I had great fun making some music for Amy Morvell’s new duet called Turtle Dove. All the sounds take their lead from some beautiful soundbites of people talking about love, that Amy had collected during her research. So rather writing music for contemporary dance on the theme of love, the musical tracks are inspired by the places and characters we hear in the text, and that is what makes it so varied!
This year, Marketing Manager Marelize and I sat down to discuss creating some new images to mark the launch of The Point, Eastleigh’s new spring menu 2018.
Above all else, we wanted to showcase the venue’s family friendly atmosphere, so my vision was to create some environmental portraits which captured both the menu and the people enjoying it.
I feel my temperature rising
[…]You light my morning sky
With burning love
(Elvis Presley- Burning Love)
They Live Next Door is a touching, tender and gritty show that knits unique stories with intricate choreography and nostalgic live melodies. Set in a home, on a street not too far from your own, it explores the light and the dark of familiar relationships. The duet is an emotional rollercoaster that sensitively uncovers the complexities of preconceptions around masculinity. At times conforming and other times shaking off stereotypes, multiple relationships between the two men unravel, weaving memories,expectations and domestic rituals. They Live Next Door sets out to ask how social stereotypes affect our identity and our relationships with each other.
Following an 8 year career writing and designing sound for contemporary dance, the Choreography of Sound is my first attempt at taking away the dancers and exploring just the movement of sound. After all, sound is a wave; and exists only within movement. So what happens when I start to shape how that sound moves in a space?
Modelling Portfolio test shoot with model Stacey Holroyd.
I’ve been working with Lila Dance again over the last few months on a new immersive dance performance called The Hotel Experience. Here are some shots from my photoshoot with them in the Creation Space at The Point. I love dance photography and when it is always interesting to try to capture the themes of the show in photoshoot. One of my key aims was to use flash photography to freeze moments in time or motion, illustrating how the hotel is a place of transition. The show has a magical element to it, that the hotel itself feels somehow alive, and i’ve tried to show this through the surreal look of bodies floating above the bed. Let me know what you think in the comments below.
In Brighton the sound of seagulls, traffic and people blend into a mixture of noise that most people have unconsciously trained their minds to filter out. Modern life has added a fairly invasive mix of mobile notification sounds, buzzing home appliances, music piped into every shop, self service check out machines, and phone waiting music to name a few.
But this level of noise pollution isn’t just annoying, there is actually evidence that long-term environmental noise can have a negative influence on your health. As part of Root Experience‘s research into hidden disabilities I have been asking people about their experience of noise and trying to discover how noise affects people with hidden disabilities and if hidden disabilities effect how we hear sound.
What seems to be a shared experience is that many people with hidden disabilities have a hyper sensitivity to sound. Hearing is a sense that we cannot easily control- there is no equivalent to shutting our eyes for example, and the invasiveness of sound can disturb someone’s attempt to maintain a calm environment.
We also discussed as a group whether we chose to play music which represented how we already felt or music which might help us change our mood. Do we play sad music when we are sad, or happy music to feel happy? “Sometimes I like to indulge in how I feel” one participant admitted. Most people agreed that we are more likely to use music for a positive influence, whether it is to feel calm or to lift our spirits, rather than bring us down.
After a bit of experimentation we found that the most calming sound was a slow deep tone. Whilst the sound of the dawn chorus can be uplifting at times, its high pitch and rapid sounds can be overloading to the senses. Equally most people found busy environments with lots of sounds all at once stressful, whereas the single sound of running water can be relaxing.
The best way to start to notice the sounds around you more clearly is to record them. Anyone interested should check out my article on recording found sounds.
We have had some really inspiring and creative sounds come out of our sessions. The hubub exhibition in July 2017 showcased some of these and we would love to hear your thoughts on how sound and hidden disabilities might effect each other.
(originally Published on http://www.rootexperience.org)