As with all blogs, this one fell by the wayside a little bit as the year came to a close. What a great few months though, we had some brilliant workshops with the GSA choir and the Glad Cafe choir, trying out ideas for the scores and seeing what worked and what didn’t.
It’s been a really rewarding experience making work in this way, collaborating with choirs and having them feed back into the way the work develops.
I had a conversation with an artist Mikhail Karikis recently who makes work in a similar way. Have a look at his brilliant film Sounds from Beneath to see what you think.
“What’s delicious is when those beats start, it’s really beautiful. We’ll at least it is for me, I like it a lot.”
Pauline Oliveros was, for me, one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. Her sonic meditations and thoughts on deep listening are central to my understanding of the way sounds, images and people relate. She unfortunately died in 2016, but left a legacy of music that was all about “community, the social power of sound, an extended recognition of its sources, and its deconstruction of hierarchy.”
Not only that but I think she was a deeply inspirational character as well.
Our workshops will usually start with one of her sonic meditations as they are a brilliant way to tune with each other, to listen and sound together.
This is a great wee video by Howard Goodall from 2006 on what accents in music do. Not only because the whole thing seems to have been filmed in some kind of abandoned Victorian hospital/swimming pool, but because we can hear how it’s used in different musical styles too.
Everyone has one, and they’re all slightly different. We change them constantly, sometimes consciously but often not. They’re part of how we identify with each other and how we show other people who we want to be identified with.
I change mine all the time, I remember my mum doing it when she answered the phone when I was little, my wife does it when she talks with her mum and Gran. I have a “teaching voice” that I use when lecturing, so that when people don’t understand what I’m talking about at least I know it wasn’t my accent that got in the way.
So what is my accent? What is your accent? And are importantly, what is our accent?
That’s what I’m hoping to find out. Accents have as much to do with listening as they do with speaking, which is why I want this project to start with lots of workshops where we listen to our accents and the stories that they tell.
A woman goes to the dentist and settles down in the chair.