It’s all in the detail – starting a new project with Red Note Ensemble

 Representatives from Red Note Ensemble met with Cherry Road day centre management and Artlink to begin planning for performative  work based on the idiosyncratic sound preferences of five young men.  All respond to sound, either through using internal sound to … Continue reading It’s all in the detail – starting a new project with Red Note Ensemble

Some feedback from care staff working on Singing Buildings 

   Has working with the sound diaries changed how you work with the individuals at Cherry Road? Kingsley: Working on the Sound Diary Project has brought my attention to how I work with Nicola and Donald on a more individual basis. I am aware that there are similarities between Donald and Nicola however through the process of working on this project I have become really aware of their differences as individuals. Donald is not so interactive when there are lots of people around and when it’s really busy. In the case of Nicola this is the opposite, it is during these … Continue reading Some feedback from care staff working on Singing Buildings 

The Sound Diary Project

For the last eight months, I have been working closely with artist Wendy Jacob and carers at Cherry Road on the Sound Diary Project. I have been helping Wendy to ask questions to carers about the soundscapes around them, and the individuals they work with. This has been a journey, observing and exploring what it means to really listen, and how to describe sound. Wendy from the beginning placed importance on recording sounds, that in the first instance, may appear to be somewhat insignificant. She asked us to track these sounds and try to understand how they change within the … Continue reading The Sound Diary Project

Entry – Sound Diary

Entry sound diary 5th January 2015. Looking at the circular sound charts, I am thinking we need a different format. We came up with the 60 min circle in relation to clocks and charting sounds over time. The format, however, suggests repeating 60 min cycles. What feels cyclical at Cherry Road is the shape of days and weeks. A better chart might be a simple timeline. It could show the same layers of sound, but without the suggestion of looping. If staff make 60 min timelines, we can eventually stitch and bend them into a single giant circle that describes … Continue reading Entry – Sound Diary

Wendy Jacob Sound Project

To physically demonstrate how the different sounds feel, the artist introduced a weather balloon. Activated by a transducer, the balloon carried the vibratory signals of the various sounds. By touching the balloon, staff were able to gain a different experience of the sounds that surround Nicola and Donald. Over time the artist will work with staff and parents to introduce the felt sounds to Donald and Nicola. Continue reading Wendy Jacob Sound Project

Sketched ideas for sound spots

Illustration of future art work by Wendy Jacob. The artist will create “sound spots” in the building, places where Donald and Nicola can sit, lean or lie to experience sound as tactile sensation. We requested this drawing from Wendy to illustrate what she wanted to achieve in the longer term. It allowed staff and family to understand what she was working towards. We have also used this drawing on the front cover of the up coming publication about the project written by Kirsten Lloyd. Continue reading Sketched ideas for sound spots

buildings that sing – a letter from Wendy Jacob

Dear all, It was good to visit Cherry Rd and hear firsthand the sounds you have been chronicling all fall. It was also good to see all of YOU! The sounds of Cherry Road are complicated, with both constant and unexpected sounds layered one on top of the other. Marcin and I were able to get some good recordings by going early in the morning and unplugging the coke machine so we could zero in on some of the other sounds. I think we got all the ones that you described in the diaries, plus some. Playing the sounds back … Continue reading buildings that sing – a letter from Wendy Jacob

Feedback on Sound Diaries

Working with Miriam and Wendy to ‘collect’ sounds has given me a greatly increased awareness of how noisy the world can be. By taking our time to be still and learn to listen again we have discovered a range of everyday sounds that we are too busy and preoccupied to notice. When Wendy played the sounds we’d collected back to us through the big balloon I felt as I imagine an insect must feel in our world, surrounded by new subtle and complex patterns of noise, some eerie, some familiar but changed, all of them making me think of sound … Continue reading Feedback on Sound Diaries

Spreading the word – it’s all in the detail

To ensure that staff understood the relevance of collating information on the sounds that interested the people they worked with, we flooded the centre with sound portraits. Each portrait used the information staff members had given in note form and ever so slightly reworked it. They loved it! They said that it helped them make sense of what was being asked of them. Continue reading Spreading the word – it’s all in the detail

Sound diaries

Wendy wanted staff to write sound diaries, recording the sounds that surround the individual. As Wendy lives in America, we decided to enlist the assistance of artist Miriam Walsh who would collate the diaries and set different tasks. Acting as the link between Wendy and care staff. The group established a way of storing the diary feedback, which would allow all concerned to view what was being collated and look for crossover between sounds and responses. The group meet every other week. Miriam’s Brief – first draft – the brief evolved over time to fit the needs of staff You … Continue reading Sound diaries

Marks piano by Steve Hollingsworth

The idea was to use a piano as a base for allowing Mark to access new aural experiences by encouraging him to use switches. The piano was used due to marks familiarity with it, its indestructibility and also as an instrument that he could play. The switches allow mark access to familiar voices, dogs barking, but can also be programmed with any sounds at all that may have relevance for Mark and also encourage him to keep using the switches to allow him access to new experiences. Continue reading Marks piano by Steve Hollingsworth