Browsing Category: sound art

  • Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed Drones (2016)

    Saint Mark’s chapel in Kemptown has been throbbing for five days straight. That is what you get from this piece, a relentless pulse of skuzzy, kilowatt-heavy hum which envelops you. Where’s the band? You might ask, if you are keen on music of this persuasion. Well, they’ve left behind some eight unmanned guitars leaning on a similar number …

    May 17, 2016
  • Photodiary: Whitstable Biennale 2014

    Last Saturday I spent eight or so intense hours hot footing it around a coastal town in South East England in search of the many artworks which make up Whitstable Biennale. The coach dropped us at the Horsebridge Arts Centre, in which could be seen a wry excavation of 35-year-old television drama ,Sapphire and Steel, in …

    June 8, 2014
  • Chris Watson and Iain Pate, HRAFN; Conversations with Odin (2013)

    Two myths converge in an evocative piece by a sound recordist and a producer. The first myth concerns the most powerful Norse god and the second myth could concern you. HRAFN will be staged in Kielder Forest, Northumberland, with support from the Forestry Commission. The artists reveal that Odin owned two pet ravens: Huginn and …

    January 23, 2014
  • Kaffe Matthews and Mandy McIntosh, Yird Muin Starn, 2013

    Given the vast technological resources made available to those who wish to explore outer space, an analogue vinyl album seems like a less than adequate way to respond to the cosmos. But in fact Yird Muin Starn is comprehensive in its dealings with such matters as star constellations, the Apollo missions, lunar cycles, the Pioneer …

    March 15, 2013
  • Martin Creed, Work No. 1197 (2012)

    It is not clear what Work No. 1197 set out to achieve. But few could misunderstand just what it was they had to do, or what happened. At inestimable numbers of people came together to ring all manner of bells. They met in churches, galleries, schools and theatres. You could even try this at home. …

    July 27, 2012
  • Trainofthoughts @ The Horse Hospital

    You might think it’s a first world problem or a high class issue, but just how does a human being get through a seven hour traffic jam? Such was the predicament of Micheál O’Connell, aka Mocksim, snarled up on the M25 in what it soon emerged would be a history-making tailback. But while his phone …

    May 14, 2012
  • Kaffe Matthews, ‘You might come out of the water every time singing’ (2012)

    “Okay, we’re 30m underwater on a ley line and we’re heading for some squid,” or words to that effect. Such is my greeting from artist Kaffe Matthews. My response is helpless excitement. I lie on my back on the shark platform and look up at the murky green light. You can well imagine the hammerheads …

    May 8, 2012
  • Fedora Romita, For Informational Purposes Only (2010/11)

    In all the guidebooks available to Berlin, you are unlikely to find one which recommends making audio recordings of your journeys on the U-Bahn and the S-Bahn. But that is the method used by Fedora Romita to orientate herself in a new city. And this results in one CD for each of the five lines …

    February 22, 2012
  • Liliane Lijn, Moonmeme (1992-2011)

    Investigations have taken place as to the feasibility of projecting a single word onto the surface of the moon. But Liliane Lijn is still waiting for a technical solution. In the meantime, we can make do with a simulation. And the word which appears on the virtual moon, both online and at FACT Liverpool, is …

    December 21, 2011
  • Janet Cardiff, The Forty Part Motet (2001)

    When a gallery is a deconsecrated church and the artwork is a piece of religious music, walking in is a hair’s breadth from turning up for Sunday worship. It’s humbling, even humiliating. The early choral work, Spem in Alium by Thomas Tallis, is drawing people in off the street, nevertheless. This is one church that’s …

    May 11, 2011