Archive for the ‘Sound Design’ Category

Chère Julie – Excerpt

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

This is an excerpt of Chère Julie a film by Anna Falcini that I composed the soundtrack for. All of the sounds that feature in the film were recorded on location in Paris, Meudon, Dieppe and Tenby. You can read more about the project on this page http://iainarmstrong.net/projects/chere-julie-anna-falcini/

Jekyll & Hyde – Birmingham REP

Monday, March 18th, 2019

 

I am currently working on Birmingham Rep’s Youth Theatre production of Jekyll & Hyde as composer and sound designer. This contemporary adaptation by Evan Placey is a radical retelling of the famous  R. L. Stevenson story. It is directed by Tessa Walker who I have worked with previously on Looking For John and The Whip Hand.

The music features a gothic horror style orchestral score alongside contemporary sound design. You can hear a taster in the trailer above.

The show runs from 18-27 April 2019 at the Main House, Birmingham REP. For further information and tickets please visit the REP website.

You can read more about the project and listen to audio examples on my project page.

 

Chère Julie – Anna Falcini

Monday, March 18th, 2019

Last year I collaborated with artist Anna Falcini on the production of her film Chère Julie. I was commissioned as sound recordist and soundtrack composer. The film is part of a larger body of work in which Anna responds to an archive of letters written by Gwen John, an artist born in Wales in 1876 who spent much of her working life in Paris and Meudon. She was also the sister of Augustus John and Auguste Rodin’s lover.

Anna’s film documents the key locations in Gwen John’s life, her early years in Tenby, where she lived and worked in Paris and Meudon, Rodin’s house in Meudon and Dieppe where she died. In May 2018 we traveled to France to film these different locations and I collected field recordings. The field recordings form the basis of the film’s soundtrack which is a soundscape composition that combines documentary style material with more abstract, musical manipulations of the recordings.

Director and editor: Anna Falcini
Camera: Siôn Marshall-Waters
Locations Manager: Mair Hughes

More information is available on the project website –

https://inbetweenthefoldsareparticles.wordpress.com/ and on my project page Chère Julie – Anna Falcini

Chère Julie will be screened in Anna’s exhibition In Between The Folds are Particles at Oriel Davies Gallery, 6th April – 5th June 2019.

 

The Fear Of Fear

Monday, November 12th, 2018

I recently designed the sound for The Fear Of Fear commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre. The show is a piece of new writing by writer and performer Stephanie Ridings. The work is a response to Stephanie’s research into fear and her desire to create a scary ghost story.

The creative team included Director Sarah Myott-Meadows and set and lighting designer Ben Pacey.

The show premiered at Warwick Arts Centre in October 2018 and we’re hoping that it will tour in 2019.

You can read more about this production and listen to audio clips on the project page here.

Podcast – Stories To Tell In The Middle Of The Night

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

I’ve been working with Fran Millican-Slater again on the next incarnation of Stories To Tell In The Middle Of The Night. I designed the sound for the original stage show which was commissioned by Birmingham REP in 2016. This collection of short stories, framed with a radio raconteur aesthetic, lends itself perfectly to a podcast. All the stories from the show have been included along with many more in this expanded collection that spans nine 30 minute episodes. The original sound design transferred well to the podcast and I took the same approach with the rest of the stories. Real world sonic references – music, environments, sound effects – are combined and transformed to reflect the humour, unease, violence, and peculiar scenarios the stories evoke.

We officially launched the podcast on 29 May at Birmingham REP along with a book work which is the published stories from the original theatre show and British Sign Language integrated film performances of three of the stories. The podcast is available from usual podcast distributors such as iTunes or Podiant and you can find out more about how to subscribe, buy the book or watch the films on the project website:

https://www.storiestotellinthemiddleofthenight.com/

You can listen to episode 1 which was released on 22 May 2018 here. The remaining 8 episodes will be released weekly.

Humanhood ZERO Autumn Tour

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

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Humanhood’s ZERO will be touring the Midlands this autumn. Since the premiere in Birmingham in 2016 a 15 minute excerpt of the work won first prize at Certamen Coreografico de Madrid. Performances in London and Singapore have also received great reviews. The 2017 tour dates are:

10th Oct – Arena Theatre Wolverhampton

12th Oct – Déda Derby

13th Oct – Drill Hall London

20th Oct – BHM Live Leicester (Extract)

16th Nov – DanceXchange Birmingham

17th Nov – Guildhall Arts Centre Grantham

There’s more info, video, audio and reviews on my ZERO project page.

Fringe Theatre 2017

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

I had a busy couple of months leading up to the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe where three shows were presented this year that I designed sound for. I was working in Edinburgh for the first week of the festival getting two of the shows up and running but I also managed to fit in seeing some other good theatre too. Highlights include Frankie Vah by Luke Wright, Meet Me At Dawn by Zinnie Harris, and Adam by Frances Poet.

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Heather by Thomas Eccleshare was produced by Dancing Brick and Paul Jellis in association with The Bush Theatre London and Tobacco Factory Theatres Bristol. Heather was shown at Summerhall and was well received with a five star review and top 10 place from The Scotsman. It was included in the British Council Edinburgh Showcase and continues to tour UK theatres through the autumn. You can find more info, listen to some excerpts and read some reviews on my Heather webpage.

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Photo: David Monteith-Hodge

The Whip Hand by Douglas Maxwell was commissioned by The National Theatre of Scotland and produced by Birmingham REP and Traverse Theatre Edinburgh. This play was also included in the British Council Edinburgh Showcase and following a successful run at the Traverse will be shown at The Door, Birmingham REP from 5 – 16 September 2017. There’s more info and reviews on The Whip Hand page.

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Photo: Graeme Braidwood

Finally, Looking For John by Tony Timberlake was a show I worked on at Birmingham REP in 2016 and it was great that it had a second airing at the festival this year. Especially in light of the fact that Tony and director Tessa Walker successfully campaigned for a Civic Society blue plaque to be placed at John Curry’s home in Birmingham earlier this year. The Guardian featured a lovely article on the show during the Edinburgh run. You can read it and more on the Looking For John page.

Humanhood – ZERO reviews

Saturday, February 18th, 2017

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Humanhood performed a 15 min extract of ZERO at Resolution 2017 in January, a festival for new and emerging contemporary dance. Here are a couple of reviews of the performance:

“The perfect kinesthetic responsiveness to Armstrong’s music along with Horneman’s brilliant lighting design were two necessary ingredients for shaping a unique and impressive piece.”

http://www.theplace.org.uk/blog/resolution-review-2017/sat-14-jan-james-mullerrae-dance-collectivehumanhood

“The crowning achievement of the evening is ZERO (extract) by Humanhood (Rudi Cole and Julia Robert).”

http://exeuntmagazine.com/reviews/review-symbiotic-unravel-le-bolero-zero-place/

The company have received ACE funding to tour the work in the Midlands in Autumn 2017 and I’ll post more info on the tour dates once venues are confirmed.

Read more about the project here.

Stories To Tell In The Middle Of The Night

Monday, January 30th, 2017

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I worked as sound designer on this new piece of theatre written and performed by Francesca Millican-Slater. The show is “A live late night radio show for those that can’t sleep, aren’t asleep. Instead of records, this DJ is spinning stories that exist between dusk and morning. Small stories, odd, true, funny and familiar, reflecting the night hours themselves”.

Following a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe last summer Stories To Tell In The Middle Of The Night is playing at The Door, Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 9th – 18th February 2017. Please visit the REP website to book tickets.

If you’d like a free taster of what’s in store, Francesca will be telling some of her stories in the REP basement until 7th Feb 2017. You can find out more info and book here.

Look out for Stories To Tell In The Middle Of The Night at various venues around the West Midlands as, thanks to the Barry Jackson Trust, it will be touring until March 2017.

For more information on this project, reviews and a video trailer visit my project page.

Commissioned by Birmingham Repertory Theatre and produced by Pippa Frith.

Humanhood

Monday, January 30th, 2017

ZERO Trailer 2017 from HumanHood on Vimeo.

In 2016 I worked with Humanhood on their first full length contemporary dance piece ZERO. I composed the music in multichannel surround sound working with a wealth of recorded musical material provided by a talented group of international collaborators. The piece was commissioned by mac birmingham and supported by Arts Council England and premiered at mac birmingham on 01.10.16. A 15 min extract of ZERO won 1st Prize at Certamen Coreografico de Madrid 2016 and was performed at Resolution 2017, The Place, London. The company are working towards a UK tour and other international performances later this year.

For more information please visit my ‘Humanhood – ZERO’ project page.

I am also looking forward to working with the company again as composer for their new outdoor dance piece ‘ORBIS’. Inspired by the moon and astronomy this work will premier in May 2017 and feature at several UK festivals over the summer.