Walking Within – landscape, words and music

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2022-09-12 18:00
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Composer Helen Ottaway and poet Ralph Hoyte began working together as part of Helen’s project “Walking with Words“: experimental collaborations with writers, funded through a Develop Your Creative Practice grant from Arts Council England. 

Together they are creating a geo-located sound walk based on Ralph’s walking poem “Winscombe to Priddy Nine Barrows” (also as an audio recording).  Their work together will involve combining, mixing and placing ingredients – sound, music, song, speech, words, technology – to make a sound walk, a soundscape, a musical work: a variety of forms that enhance, describe, embed, imagine the walker in the Mendip landscape.  A 21st century Gesamtkunstwerk?

Helen and Ralph are going to converse all about how a composer and poet can work together and how the two disciplines intersect, overlap and influence each other. They are still at the stage of exploring the nature and methodology of how they collaborate, there will be no presentation about a ‘project’ as such.

Q: How do a composer and a poet work together; are they independent or is it a collaboration, and if so what does this look like? Is poetry music and music actually poetry? Where is the interface?

Q: What does the Gesamtkunstwerk look like in the 21st century?

Q: Is a person’s experience of place, nature and land enhanced by or disrupted by engaging in an immersive geo-located sound walk?

Many sound walk composers have probably faced similar challenges on how to weave words, land and music and work collaboratively with artists skilled in other medium than their own. Join Helen and Ralph in this special Cafe for Sound Walk September, moderated by Andrew Stuck, co-producer of Sound Walk September.

Featured image is of a 1930s map of the Mendips, with rain drops by Ralph Hoyte.

Helen Ottaway

Helen Ottaway

United Kingdom

Helen is a composer, sound artist and curator based in the South West of the UK. She is the lead artist for Artmusic which creates, produces and promotes collaborative, participatory and site-specific art work. Finding inspiration in beauty, statistics, c...

Ralph Hoyte

Ralph Hoyte

United Kingdom

I am a located audio designer (and have been since 2003, tho' the term didn't even exist back then!). I create interactive soundworlds in the areas of dramatised historical scenarios, contemporary poetry and poetry-music fusions accessed thru' the smartpho...

Andrew Stuck

United Kingdom

Founder

Andrew is the founder of the Museum of Walking, created to bring people together and to make and showcase walking pieces and performances. Andrew also is a podcaster, interviewing creative people who use walking as a catalyst for their practice. Talking Wa...

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