The Stage at Arnolfini - composite audio from session1 The Bridge

from by Ellen Southern with Chloé Turpin and Leila Gamaz.

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Work in progress from our time with the movable props of The Stage (Working Title) working with three Site Singing sites, Over Bridge ('the bridge'), the Bradford on Avon Tithe Barn ('the barn'), and Stoney Littleton long barrow ('the barrow').

The Stage was created by UWE Architecture MA students and The Arnolfini artspace, Bristol, as a participatory space of elements which can be moved and re-combined by performers and the public. We were invited to use the space to re-imagine some of the Site Singing sites, and use the props and acoustics as a testing ground to generate a new live version of the project.

Singers: Ellen Southern, Chloé Turpin, Leila Gamaz.
Thanks to Thomas Sale for the photo.

This audio is a treatment by Chloé Turpin of material made during our first session, in which we took recordings, photos and drawings from the sites in as a starting point. We found certain props lent themselves to the three sites of The Bridge, The Barn and The Barrow very well, and we ended up successfully incorporating every single prop in the space. We installed the field recordings within the props and improvised live, inhabiting each site/prop for duration's. Listening back, we took samples from each 'site', and made this audio as a basis to return to the space for a scratch performance.

Read the Arnolfini blog article here
www.arnolfini.org.uk/blog/site-singing

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from Site Singing at The Arnolfini, Bristol, track released March 20, 2017

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"I am enjoying freeing my voice from any kind of formality or expectation - its more about sound that music at this stage. I am open to music evolving but its nice to just be listening anew - to myself and to the sites and their surroundings" (excerpt from blog entry for Uley and Nympsfield).
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