The Suffolk Symphony
August 25, 2009: Permalink: » The Suffolk Symphony
Beginning on 16th August, 2009, Touch went on a week-long treasure hunt to unearth old records, field recordings, home-made sounds and images to help create the new Suffolk Symphony, culminating in its first performance on the 22nd August, 2009. Executive directed by Mike Harding with sound by Philip Jeck and BJNilsen and images by Jon Wozencroft, the whole week was documented on this website by Philip Marshall.
Touch would like to thank Jonathan Reekie plus Bella and all the team at Aldeburgh Music, and Joana Seguro from Faster Than Sound for all their hard work and assistance over the duration of our residency.
Day Six | 22nd August 2009
August 22, 2009: Permalink: » Day Six | 22nd August 2009
Day Six began bright and chilly. It has been very hot this week - beautiful conditions which promise to continue into the weekend. Setting up began in The Britten Studio [map] at 10am, with the arrival of the projector and other material. Various projectors and internet terminals were readied around the site.
At lunchtime, Sheikh Ahmed arrived to prepare for his intermission DJ sets. In the afternoon Jeck and Nilsen soundchecked.
A final audio/visual run-through is scheduled to commence at 5pm. The performance itself will start at 8pm. A programme for this evening's performance can be downloaded here.
Many thanks for following our progress this week.
Day Five | 21st August 2009
August 21, 2009: Permalink: » Day Five | 21st August 2009
On the morning of day five, Jon Wozencroft continued to edit his DV footage. The other four travelled to Snape Maltings. Philip Jeck and BJNilsen started assembling an edit of rehearsal recordings, for broadcast on the evening of the 21st on BBC Radio 4's PM show. Radio 4's Nigel Wrench has written a entry about The Suffolk Symphony on PM's blog at www.bbc.co.uk.
The afternoon saw BJNilsen take his recording devices locally, around Snape [map]. Philip Jeck commenced archiving his rehearsal experiments in preparation for Saturday's performance. Jon Wozencroft continued his video editing. Mike Harding and Philip Marshall liaised with Radio 4's Nigel Wrench, regards the 5.20pm PM interview.
Jeck and Nilsen spent the mid-afternoon editing rehearsal recordings for an episode of TouchRadio – Click here to download a mp3 of their edit at www.touchradio.org.uk
Day Four | 20th August 2009
August 20, 2009: Permalink: » Day Four | 20th August 2009
On the morning of Day Four of The Suffolk Symphony residency, the artists assembled at Snape Maltings [map], to commence the editing process. Philip Jeck and BJNilsen continued to experiment with the sounds they have unearthed. Jon Wozencroft commenced reviewing his video footage.
Day Three | 19th August 2009
August 19, 2009: Permalink: » Day Three | 19th August 2009
View Jon Wozencroft's images in the archive.
View Jon Wozencroft's images in the archive.
Back at Snape later in the afternoon, recordings and images were downloaded, swapped, and in some cases uploaded… See the archive for audio works by BJNilsen and Philip Jeck.
After dinner, Wozencroft, Nilsen, Marshall and Harding took a night drive to Thorpeness [map], for a late night recording session. BJNilsen recorded the empty beach, while Jon Wozencroft experimented with night-vision shooting.
Day Two | 18th August 2009
August 18, 2009: Permalink: » Day Two | 18th August 2009
BJNilsen and Jon Wozencroft travelled to the Martello Tower [map]. Jon commenced shooting footage for The Suffolk Symphony while Benny recorded the environment. View some of Jon's images in the Archive.
Above: adjacent to the Martello Tower, Aldeburgh.
Jon and Benny then visited Orford [map].
Mike Challis then led all five artists to Westleton [map], where Philip Jeck discovered vinyl potential: Johann Kuhnau's “Biblical Sonatas Nos 1, 3 & 5” played by Colin Tilney on harpsichord. The back cover says “pressed in transparent vinyl for ease of inspection.” Possibly one of the first uses of non-black vinyl on a classical record…
Above: a dedication found in “Spiritual Intercourse”, on sale in Chapel Books, Westleton.
Day One | 17th August 2009
August 17, 2009: Permalink: » Day One | 17th August 2009
At 5:05 am on Monday 17th August BJNilsen records the birdsong in Saxmundham. After moving to the accommodation for the week, Joana Seguro, from Faster Than Sound, took Mike Harding, Philip Jeck & Benny Nilsen to Snape Maltings. Setting up commenced at 11am. [See photos below] Philip Marshall & Jon Wozencroft arrived at 1pm.
Site visit 18th May 2009
May 19, 2009: Permalink: » Site visit 18th May 2009
BJNilsen & Mike Harding, accompanied by curator Joana Seguro, visited Snape Maltings on a blustery, changeable day. Here you can see photos taken by Mike Harding and two recordings by BJNilsen.
Announcing The Suffolk Symphony
May 18, 2009: Permalink: » Announcing The Suffolk Symphony
Faster than Sound comes to the Snape Proms for more experiments in sound and image…
Inspired by the historic coastline of Aldeburgh and its surrounding area including Aldeburgh Music's Snape Proms, Touch will create a new audio-visual symphony from scratch, using only locally sourced sounds and images. Beginning on 16th August, 2009, they will go on a week-long treasure hunt to unearth old records, field recordings, home-made sounds and images to help create the new Suffolk Symphony, culminating in its first performance on the 22nd August, 2009.
Directed by Mike Harding with sound by Philip Jeck and BJNilsen and images by Jon Wozencroft, the whole week will be documented for an interactive website by Philip Marshall. The Suffolk Symphony will be subsequently released through Touch.