SoundCamp – 30/04/16

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Hosted by Octopus Collective
Starts: 16:00 Sat 30th April
Ends: 9:00 Sun 1st May
Ford Park,, Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 7JP
Free – booking required

Join Octopus and invited artists for a night of field recording, live streaming and creative writing in celebration of International Dawn Chorus Day. This year’s event takes the Coach House building in Ulverston’s Ford Park as a base for sound walks exploring nearby woods, farmland and canal banks to gather materials for an online broadcast.

As part of the soundCamp network, we will be streaming the dawn chorus live between 5am and 6am, linking to Reveil: a 24 hour broadcast of the sounds of daybreak, relayed live by audio streamers around the globe.

For this event we are delighted to have Cumbria-based poet Josephine Dickinson and artist Helen Frosi joining us to lead sound walks and other activities over the evening.

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Please note that you will need to bring:
Sturdy shoes / Wellingtons
Wet weather gear!

Notebook / sketchpad and pencils / pens
Audio recorder or smartphone
Camera / smartphone

Schedule: Sat 30th April

16:00 – Arrive at Ford Park for an informal introduction to the artists and the rest of the group, prepare for a listening walk.

16:45 – Depart for a listening walk – sturdy footwear / wellingtons and wet weather clothing recommended.

17:00 – 19:00 – Listening walk led by Helen Frosi, Josephine Dickinson and Octopus. Feel free to bring a notebook, audio recorder, camera or smartphone if you have one. A number of audio recorders will be available to borrow/share.

19:15 – Arrive back at Ford Park. Evening meal – feel free to bring something to add.

20:00 – Introduction to Reveil and connecting with other soundCamps around the world. Short audio streaming workshop with Octopus.

20:30 – Sharing and working with audio / visual material to create a record of the listening walk for later broadcast, plus creating an online archive of writings, sounds, tweets and images from the walk.

22:30 – 00:00 – Capturing and streaming the sounds of the studio and the park at night. Listening in to the Reveil stream and sounds of dawn from across the globe.
Sun 1st May

00:00 – 4:00 – A chance to grab some sleep or carry on recording / editing / streaming / discussing. Bring a sleeping bag and a camping mat.

4:00 – Meet in the studio grounds to prepare for Reveil stream.

5:00 – 6:00 – Stream the dawn chorus as part of Reveil.

8:00 – 9:00 Pack down. Breakfast in Ford Park Cafe


Invited artists:

Photograph © Beowulf Sheehan
Image: Beowulf Sheehan

Josephine Dickinson read Classics at Oxford, and later became a composer and studied with Michael Finnissy and Richard Barrett. She has published four collections of poetry: Scarberry Hill (The Rialto, 2001), The Voice (Flambard, 2003), Silence Fell (Houghton Mifflin, 2007) and Night Journey (Flambard, 2008), and has collaborated extensively with artists, musicians and writers. Profoundly deaf since childhood, she became totally deaf in 2012. Her experiences throughout this and after receiving a cochlear implant have given her new insights into sound and a curiosity about its phenomenology, and how this can inform artistic practice. Active also as a visual artist, Josephine lives on a small hill farm in the remote high Pennines.

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Helen Frosi is currently co-curating the sound and music events for V22’s second Summer Club alongside Andie Brown (These Feathers have Plumes) and also a series of sound and listening focused art residencies in collaboration with Cafe OTO and New River Studios. Under the moniker Postcards from the Volcano, Helen curates and produces one-off radio shows as well as immersive sonic environments with Stephan Barrett. Helen is an honorary research fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London (Unit of Sound Practice Research), and was the first Curator-in-Residence at Octopus, Cumbria.

Helen’s says about her listening walk for soundCamp: “Focusing on the sensory, we will explore the sights, smells, and textures of Ulverston in addition to its myriad sights and sounds. With a playful and interactive approach we will appreciate and interrogate our surroundings: Getting lost will be our map. We will walk, talk and write the landscape. We will hear the sky and read new buds on the trees. Our bodies moving will sculpt the land. Taking direct inspiration from the flora and fauna, we will imagine our environment in ways beyond the human.”

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