By Hook or by Crook. During the summer of 2004, Wimborne Community Theatre (Dorset) performed a play in a local woodland, Holt Forest, based on local stories and histories about the wood. This composition features sounds recorded as the play was developed and performed, providing both a documentary account of the Holt Forest Project, and an insight into how people relate to a woodland environment close to where they live. Recordings made as part of the project were featured in an installation at Walford Mill, Wimborne, later in the year. Click herefor more details.
Grist to the Mill. Recordings made during a site-specific work by Wimborne Community Theatre during early summer 2005. Performances took place in White Mill, an old watermill on the river Stour near Sturminster Marshall, Dorset, now owned by the National Trust. Recordings of a working watermill (Alderholt) were performed live, and diffused over a multi-speaker system within White Mill as part of the performance. Local legend has it that a bell stolen from Knowlton church was thrown into the river here by fleeing villagers. Having been cursed by a local ‘crone’, the bell was thought to have been claimed by the Devil himself. Local children still throw stones into the water in the hope of striking the bell and hearing its supernatural, subaquatic chime. This is referred to in the piece using manipulated recordings of the local village church bell and the sounds of the river Stour in summer.
Like whips of anger. July 2006. Site-specific work for Wimborne Community Theatre performed during early summer 2006. The piece featured poetry and sounds of electricity, and was performed on a multi-speaker array under an electricity pylon in Pamphill, Dorset, as part of the theatre piece ‘The lie of the land’. The title of the piece, referring to electricity pylons, is extracted from a poem by Stephen Spender.
Enquire within. December 2007. Site-specific work with Wimborne Community Theatre. Sound installation in a town house in Wimborne, Dorset, as part of the theatre performance. The piece featured extracts of the book ‘Enquire within upon everything’, a kind of Victorian precursor to the World Wide Web, which was also invented locally (according to local tradition).
Hubworld. June 2008. Fantastic project involving hosts of local school kids, who created a series of installations in a Bournemouth beach. More details here. Sound and video / animation installation produced in collaboration with Susan Sloan.
Inside Out. September 2008. Performance with No Context involving live manipulation of field recordings of the sound of wind and waves, in the Fish Shambles on Poole Quay. More details of the event here.