Just before Covid-19 I was working on an audio tour in collaboration with Acorn Massive, an audio ensemble for people with learning difficulties based at Acorn Farm. Our collaboration has been supported by Heart of Glass and Kris Gjerstad.
The tour will eventually be presented as a an on-site interactive sound piece capturing life on the farm. The piece will incorporate spoken word, quirky vocal samples, field recordings and lively musical jams.
Unfortunately our plans have been delayed due to Covid-19. Nevertheless we are currently working with a graphic designer to produce an online version – which will be premiered later in the year!
In the meantime, here are a few of our experimental sound jams:
Working with Acorn Massive has been a very enjoyable experience, and has certainly made me think about the relationships we have with each other and our interconnections with nature.
Below is some footage of my performance at last weeks GMCDP AGM. An EDM set sampling and deconstructing the absurd bureaucracy of PIP assessments into a heavy drum’n’bass tune.
Other performers included singer songwriters Dennis Queen, Joe Stevenson and Leah Phillips. They were all excellent.
Leah’s modern swing cleverly highlighted big political issues such as climate change. Whilst Dennis and Joe’s melodic indie songs were about personal barriers and staying true to oneself in difficult times.
I really enjoyed the evening and will be developing the piece further in the next few months.
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!