September: Coburg and London – Market Place, The Police, Strange Music Day

Multiple

Walking piece details

LanguageGerman, Portuguese

Four tracks created as part of walking improvisations in Coburg Germany and London UK, during Coburg Samba Festival July 2014 and Notting Hill Carnival August 2014.

John and Greg, carrying sound recording equipment, walked through the streets of Coburg during the festivals mentioned above.

1. “In the Market Place” (Coburg 2014)
The Group that Became September first improvised purely inspired by and based on the ambiance. Part I of the first instalment of what was initially called the Midnight Minstrels’ Art Parade.
Featuring John Hicks and Gregory Cowan.

2. “That Samba Feeling…Reggae… The Police” (Coburg 2014)
John and Greg continued to explore the streets of Coburg without a specific route or agenda in mind, and encountered various people including visitors to Germany from USA, Brazil, France, Russia, England and more.
John’s précis: “The second half of our jolly stroll around Coburg, 12/7/2014, it’s mostly one chord and some tuneful cuica, and rebelo, guest artists and a visitation by The Police”.

3. Strange Music DAY (Notting Hill Carnival 2014) – Part 1
Sitting in a sunny spot on the lawn at the London School of Samba 2014 carnival camp (Pt: Barracão) John and Greg, after playing improvised sounds and attracting comments from carnivalists of London School of Samba in passing, go on to tour the barracão where they find people rehearsing, changing costumes, or merely taking a needed rest – whereupon these people react variously with amusement, chagrin or displeasure upon hearing the ambulant and ambient minstrelling.
John’s précis: “Me and Greg Cowan on Strange Music Day, Barracão 1, Notting Hill”.

4. Strange Music Day (Notting Hill Carnival 2014) – Part 2
John and Greg, after playing improvised sounds and attracting comments from carnivalists of London School of Samba, then leave the barracão and venture to the Notting Hill neighbourhood where they encounter carnivalists, musicians of many kinds and other diverse people walking in the area.

occupyingstreets

occupyingstreets

Gregory works as a freelance scholar and consultant, and is currently developing The Architects Coach, a practice based on more than thirty years of international experience in architecture practice, undergraduate and postgraduate architecture, design, and...

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Also check out

Walking Piece
New
Sounding Montreal During COVID-19

Mont Royal, Montreal, QC, Canada

This project reflects through an auditory and sonic art perspective how the city sounds like without the presence of humans or the normal amount of human density in popular areas in public spaces of Montreal.

Walking Piece
New
SWS22
Rise Up, and Mitcham Common

1. Rise Up is a song about where the edge of a city merges with nature 2. Mitcham Common is a song about hidden treasures in overlooked urban green spaces

Walking Piece
New
Peace Wall Belfast Soundwalks

Belfast

An immersive binaural experience with six soundscapes composed to highlight relationships between realism and perception of different sonic markers or events occurring throughout the year at the Peace Wall.

THE LRM
New
Ralli Quays Update

30 Sep, 2022

Walking Piece
New
SWS22
Memento mori: a walk through Soho

Soho, London, UK

Using John Snow's 1854 report on cholera, this walk is an opportunity to re-see Soho, to look with new eyes at the people around us and at ourselves, all of us flesh-covered bones whose hearts are still beating. Remember death, remember life.

Walking Piece
New
SWS22
Sounding Belfast During COVID-19 (Lockdowns)

Belfast, UK

This project reflects through an auditory and sonic art perspective how the city sounds like without the presence of humans or the normal amount of human density in popular areas in public spaces of Belfast.

Walking Piece
New
SWS22
Paving the way: an exploration of socially engaged female walking practices through sonic art

Originally created to accompany a research thesis, the audio tapestry presents opportunity to reflect on the role of sonic arts within participatory walking practices, exploring connection between two female walkers, and the space they move through.

Walking Piece
New
SWS22
England Coast Path Storywalks

Ordnance Survey - Secret Stories app

12 heritage trails along the England Coast Path in Somerset, revealing the hidden history of each location and all sewn together with curious Somerset dialect words.

Post
New
Virginia Woolf’s Walking Stick  

30 Sep, 2022

Poodle Walks
New
Seascapes

30 Sep, 2022

THE LRM
New
October 2022 First Sunday

29 Sep, 2022

Walking Piece
New
SWS22
Dulverton Heritage Audio Trails

South West Heritage Trust

Dulverton, UK

Voices of Dulverton; an audio trail comprising of interviews from elderly residents and their early memories of Exmoor. Curated by Christopher Jelley from recordings and interviews by Birdie Johnson recorded around the turn of the millennium.