Tuesday 17th February

February 23rd, 2015

GirlsRecWe’re in the Place St Jean Baptiste where its likely our sonic bike game will happen. The modernist church behind us feels like a mosque but it’s Catholic. Strangely Brussels government, the majority of the residents here are Moroccan and muslim yet there are no visible mosques at all.

Monday 16th February

February 23rd, 2015

ArrivalBrusbikesSometimes a week is so rich it’s impossible to write about it at the time. Last week was one of those. On the Monday, I began a sound and listening workshop with 14 9 to 14 year old girls and boys at la Maison des Cultures, Molenbeek with local theatre director Ivan Vrambout,  and Samson Pignot, a sound artist from Grenoble interning at Q-O2. Fantastic start. Introduction to sonic cycling, listening and shifting locations,  looking at the map of  Molenbeek where most of them live and the journeys they make, then going on sonic journeys together out on the street. The lightweight Zoom H1’s we’re using are just the job. Super easy to operate with real stereo mic positioning. Back inside in the warm at noon everyone dives upstairs for hot soup. I’m also amazed at their smiling acceptance of my erratic French.

Friday 13th February

February 17th, 2015

LeeNewForksThe team receive the full treatment before shipping to Brussels Saturday 14th. Lee had accumulated all last summer’s damage and returns from  Lock-7 with shiny new forks and springling new action. Finding Song Home? let’s go

Tuesday 10th February

February 17th, 2015

Brussels bike prep2This week back to sonic bike BRI activity, with Tom in the house working with ad hoc wi-fi networks to cause bikes to affect each others sounds due to proximity. A slow path but progress is sure and clear. We’ll be developing this with folk at Q-O2 in Brussels next week. Can you JOIN?

February 6th

February 17th, 2015

stationline2A good 2 weeks exploring how and what The Incredible Adventures of the Border Crossers could be with Ong Keng Sen, Brian Gothong Tan and company inside at Theatreworks for Palais de Tokyo opener in March. Then we investigated Tanjong Pagar disused railway station for the SIFA 2015 September performance. Wild reverbs inside. The empty railway tracks blasted with double level highway out.  A completely new situation. Plus Singapore heat will be immersive September time inc no air con. Sick.stationline

Wednesday 4th February

February 4th, 2015

marco-reverseradioReverse radio? genius Marco! We’ve strapped small speakers to the performers so their individual traces can be heard as they move through the space. Getting their fast gathered files onto mp3 players takes up valuable time. Then Marco says let’s use the radio mics in reverse, as receivers, then we can send what we like to their boxes. Brilliant. Now there really is control – lawd.walking3 But its live. ..Ah…  (in the studio)

Tuesday 3rd February

February 3rd, 2015

walking2We’re gradually meeting and hearing the stories of the 20 Singapore residents working with us. They’re all from different countries. Today we’re walking in past, present and future with and without purpose. Brian plays with colour and projection and I hold them in stasis of sonic tremblings, swirls and varying cascades of intensity cutting to shifting punctuated rhythms, all synthetic.  With this stripped back system, the control the sound has over everyone’s atmos and action is astonishing.

Sunday 1st February

February 1st, 2015

drum1Not a cannon but a drum. Sunday. Not a day of rest but a detour on way to studio for more ‘The Incredible Adventures of the Border Crossers’ work. We make daily progress, gradually unravelling 2065 possibilities through the dreams and desires of our 20 collaborating Singapore residents. I also finally landing in this warm world. Now making tiny sounds before everyone arrives.

Tuesday 20th January

January 20th, 2015

erna_Speedometer2Erna is dressed up with a recessed magnetic window door contacts alarm security reed switch so we can read speed of cyclist, in theory. ? . You can follow sonic bike BRI development here.

Monday 19th January

January 19th, 2015

Made a soundtrack for our silent underwater film “Listening no.3″ shot in Actons Lock, Hackney and the Grand Union canal by Kristian Buus for the 3 x sonic bed installation ‘The lock shift songs’, commissioned by IF Milton Keynes International Festival and shown at centre MK, Milton Keynes July 2014.

“Listening no.3″ visual was screened inside the installation along with the 3 interactive sonic beds for audience to lie in and feel the 86 mile canal walk inspired song and music move and vibrate all around them. ‘The lock shift choir’ was directed by Craig McCleish and is here heard singing an extract from the coda of the 7 verse song “77 starts with 7, walked in 7, 77 ”.    MORE INFO HERE