Good to be back at work after a difficult summer fighting various infections, and eventually having an appendectomy 🙁 .
I am particularly pleased to be working with members of Acorn Farm again. Using both technology, storyboarding techniques and our imaginations, together we have been working on a simple ‘spooky’ sound story. We have also decided to call ourselves ‘Acorn Massive‘!
For the technology geeks out there – we used the Micro-Speak recorder (pictured), which was a great little device in terms of accessibility and quality. We also used iPads, iPhones and a Zoom recorder.
Although we ended up sampling a staggering four hours worth of noises, this mini sound story is only the first phase of a much bigger piece of work.
“A great introduction to creating a sound story, we were really impressed at some of the ideas” Angela Miveld – Day Services Manager – Acorn Farm
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This project is being supported by Heart of Glass.
Now on display, London, Asia House as part of the BodyParts Exhibition (see instagram post below).
A Paralympic parody, The Paraoice is based on a futuristic vocal competition. Through the lens of of post-human, queer and disability theories, this piece examines public perceptions of ‘realness’. Exploring how Paralympic sport has impacted upon society’s views about disability, validity and normativity.
Imagine a 2099 remake of ‘The Voice’ competition. In this dystopian future, competitors with augmented voices are disqualified. A lucky few, however, qualify for a parallel competition The Paraoice. Most people love The Paraoice but some question its eligibility criteria, likening the show to vegan steak. This in part has been due to the rise in bionic vocal chords….
The audio installation will be experienced through Sonic Pixels – an innovative sound delivery system developed by Cornbrook Creative and James Medd in collaboration with CodeBug.
Like pixels on a screen, this system allows us to create sonic equivalents of brightness, colour and texture as well as an interesting visual representation of our sound art.
Latest instablog about the fantastic sound based workshops I delivered for my Research Residency Heart of Glass.
Highlights from the workshops includes one participant, John, singing a rendition of ‘Michelle my Belle’. This was the first time John had heard a playback of himself singing or speaking. He was astonished!
Yesterday a visited Acorn Farm. The farm runs a brilliant day service for people with learning disabilities, some of whom will be taking part in my forthcoming sound based workshop. This workshop is part of the research for my Heart of Glass residency.
Working alongside technologist Kris Gjerstad, we will be focusing on different ways of communication and challenging perceptions about who who is allowed to speak. We will also be exploring the work I have been doing with Gareth Cutter, i.e. the voice in fairytales and future ways of talking.
Whilst I was at the farm I recorded some sound using my newly purchased Zoom H5 Recorder. Here is a short sound mix from the field recordings I made during my visit!
Last week I delivered a presentation about my arts practice for Heart of Glass. Heart of Glass are an arts organisation based in St Helens with a focus on collaborative and social arts practice. They recently commissioned me to work on a research residency which will take place from February to April 2019.
Working alongside Emily Gee (Heart of Glass Producer) and local disabled people, I will be investigating new possibilities of articulations beyond traditional art world paradigms.
I will also be exploring issues of power, voices and intersectionality through collaborative workshops, studio time and research visits.
Watch this space for more blogs about this exciting action research.
BBC article from 14 years ago (gulp) about my ‘Old Skool’ club night Virtual Itch and the club’s resident disabled DJs.
“He lifts the needle onto the record, throws the record down and up to mix it into the next record using his chin, and then manipulates the controls using his mouth – it’s gobsmacking. The women just love him!”
A while ago I was interviewed by the very talented Irish composer Ailís Ní Ríain for the British Music Collection – a collaborative project between Sound and Music and Huddersfield University.
Today I stumbled across this interview on the BMC website …
The focus of this interview is the Manchester based digital story-teller and sound-artist, Gemma Nash. I became aware of Gemma when she interviewed for a place on Sound and Music’s Pathways Programme. I was on the interviewing panel and was intrigued by the strong political and social narrative in her sound work….