From 2nd-6th February 2015, during a residency for Tate Britain’s Radio City Season, I developed the Listening Room, a space for visitors to bring me objects and their stories around the theme of “hearing”. These might be pictures, stones, sticks, in fact anything imaginable! I was at hand to record the stories and I later created a 4-channel sound installation from these recordings, which took place on the last day of the residency.
- Objects and stories were collected on Mon 2nd February 12- 5.30 pm, Tues 3rd and Wed 4th Feb 10am-5.30pm.
- Open studio Thurs 5th February 10am- 6pm.
- Installation to hear and play with the finished work on Fri 6th Feb, 11am-5pm.
- Radio broadcast of a stereo compression of the installation on Resonance FM
As a last entry, a stereo version of the piece was broadcast on Resonance FM, you can listen to it at mixcloud.com/Resonance or via the link below. I feel the 4-channel installation itself worked a little better than this stereo rendition. As the sound clips were recorded in the space they were later “exhibited” in, it really felt like the original speaker was actually present. In editing the work, I emphasised some of the space’s ambient sounds such as the air conditioning and other hums to create a dynamic sound field, binding people’s words together into one piece.
Today I will be spending the day in the Learning Gallery making a piece from the conversations I had since Monday. At first I thought of having a different strand on each of the four splendid new Genelec speakers the Tate kindly purchased. However, trying it all out there is far too much babble going on, so I am now working to two stereo pairs.
I am listening to and recording) great stories, about a sound recording dad facilitating memories of childhood lunches, about stretches of silence spent communicating in sign language. More objects are needed though, bring them along!