Bombing the Channel Ports© IWM (Art.IWM ART LD 1588)
Compare the painting with this May 2003 photo:
Thanks to Eddie Bromhead for letting me know about the painting.
Commissioned by the River Colne Sculpture Trail and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
A Sound Installation by Matthew Sansom
Colne Valley Listeners employs active listening, both as metaphor and as practice, to explore and enhance the relationship between the valley’s beauty and significance with people past, present and future. The project combines a sculptural installation of two acoustic mirrors at the Rotcher Picnic Site and a guided soundwalk with accompanying audio.
The River Colne Acoustic Mirrors are parabolic dishes fashioned in aluminium: one dish eavesdrops on the approach from the picnic site and the other listens out towards the trees and across the valley. Close-up, these devices focus and subtly amplify the soundscape at a focal point a short distance from the centre of the dish. Interaction with the acoustic mirrors helps direct awareness towards the surrounding soundscape, leaving a subtle perceptual imprint on the listener.
The River Colne Soundwalk explores the location of the sculptural installation. It combines material from local children’s sonic explorations of the area, sound archive material and location recordings made along the walk.
Next John is off to England to to photograph the Sound Mirrors around the Kent area (including the truly astounding Denge sound mirrors – click on the photos below to see a larger version) and to do some recording of the sounds they reflect. I am jealous LOL – they are such amazing structures, what a good find. I can only imagine the sounds and photos that John will get.
Graphics.com has an interview with Troika Design Studios which discusses the “Sonic Marshmallows” sound mirror-inspired installation at Wat Tyler country park in Essex.
We see Sonic Marshmallows more as a manifestation of people’s desire to interact with each other, rather than with things. Sonic Marshmallows can be used only in conjunction with another user. Sound mirrors were originally used on the coast of Kent to detect incoming enemy planes, not far from the location were Sonic Marshmallows is installed now. We used the same technology in a way that enables people to communicate with each other instead.