(AUDIO VISUAL INSTALLATION 2015)
Abandoned Symphonies is the exploration of old abandoned architectural structures that, with the use of folk song, have been brought back to life in a symphonic structural way. The word 'symphony' has the connotation or impression of something on a large scale and grand such the orchestra. When I use the word symphony I don't see it as being that way. I see it more in a structural way, where architecture becomes music. Writing my dissertation on the relationship between music and architecture I see how influenced music has been on the design and structure of a building where the make is that of similar to musical theory. When you put together all the elements and musical entities together such as repetition, form, tonality, rhythm, you get this grand design, an amalgamation of music in a frozen form. It is a symphonic structure. These Abandoned buildings still hold their symphonies of sounds from the past and musical elements, and in turn, by using my own music, Abandoned Symphonies is the idea of bringing these places new life, a new soul.
This series is a story of how our forgotten places are being taken back by mother nature to become some of the most beautiful places. With the use of binaural recording, field recordings, found sounds, songs and poems inspired by the different places, each film short becomes an intimate experience for the viewer.
This installation was made for the Creative Sound and Music Graduate show, the Deleuzians of Grandeur. The installation itself features four screens where a film is projected onto each screen. The film is about a girl who is walking in and around an abandoned stable and is singing in the space to bring it back to life. The space is also filled with field recordings and natural sounds of the stables whilst the girls voice follows her around the space. The idea of the installation is that the audience becomes part of the space. The audience can move in and out of the installation where their shadows become part of the installation whilst also finding things within in the images that are being projected. Below is a promotional film that was made for the performance.
Recorded in an abandoned stable in Chepstow, The Stables Lament features a solo vocal track that is sung in the ruins of an old abandoned stable and was recorded using binaural microphones. Using a mixture of stereo and binaural field recordings of the place and of the folk song the film is able to have sense of space, giving each viewer there own personal experience of the abandoned stable. Please listen on headphones.