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Heartbeats & Algorithms

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

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I’ve recently completed work on the sound design for a piece of new theatre Heartbeats & Algorithms. Written and performed by Jenny Lee, this one woman play tells the story of Banks, a programmer who develops an algorithm that can predict the decisions people will make.

A woman designs an algorithm that will predict the decisions of people in seemingly unpredictable predicaments. In the process of perfecting the algorithm she ends up creating a programme that gets to know her better than she knows herself, and discovers her most intimate secret. As a result, it predicts that she will soon find herself in an unpredictable predicament…

Heartbeats & Algorithms is a dark, heart-achingly funny story that conjures up a seductive, inescapable world of information use and abuse and examines the leading role our technology plays in our lives.

Director Valentina Ceschi (Dancing Brick) has opted for very minimal staging with no set and simple lighting that focuses attention on the character, her story and the sound which plays a significant role in supporting the narrative. The sound design consists of ambient sounds signifying the various settings in the story both literal, such as and office and a tube station, and the abstract, virtual space of an online forum. I also created a sonic representation of the algorithm that haunts the narrator using coil pick up recordings of computers and other electronic devices.

Following a successful preview at the Kings Head Theatre in Islington on 27.07.15 the show will run for the month of August at Pleasance This at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Find out more on the Heartbeats & Algorithms website where you can book tickets and follow Banks on Instagram.

 

Birmingham REP Soundwalk

Thursday, March 26th, 2015


Birmingham Rep + Library of Birmingham – 2014-02-11 – Andy Mabbett – 01” by Andy MabbettOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

I have recently been enjoying working with Olivia Winteringham of KILN Ensemble who I collaborated with previously on the theatre piece ‘A Journey Round My Skull’. This time we have been producing a recorded soundwalk around the public spaces of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

Olivia’s grandfather Graham Winteringham was the architect of the theatre which he designed and built in 1971. The soundwalk takes the form of an architectural audio tour and features Graham talking about his design, some of the challenges he faced and the odd anecdote. The piece is interspersed with field recordings from around the theatre including backstage areas, the main auditorium, rehearsal spaces and administration offices.

Like the sound design for ‘A Journey Round My Skull’ the soundwalk was mostly recorded binaurally in order to create a realistic spatial representation in sound when listened to on headphones.

The 40min soundwalk will soon be available online as a free download for the public to enjoy in the foyer spaces of the REP.

A Journey Round My Skull – Spring 2015

Sunday, January 4th, 2015
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Photographs © Jonathan Blackford 2014

 

KILN’s production of A Journey Round My Skull has a few performance dates in the next couple of months.

Thurs 22nd Jan: Havant, Hampshire, The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, 7:30pm

Tues 3rd Feb: Exeter Phoenix, 8pm

Thurs 5th Feb: Ormskirk, The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University, 7:30pm

Wed 25th Feb: Lancaster, The Dukes, 7:30pm

I produced the sound design for the production which had a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe last summer. You can read more about the show, hear some sound and watch a trailer here.

City of the Blind – Free for Jan 2015

Sunday, January 4th, 2015
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City of the Blind promotional image. Photo: Minttu Mäntynen. Concept: David Leddy. Pictured: Claire Knight.

Last year I worked as assistant sound designer to Pippa Murphy on City Of The Blind, a multi-media political thriller written and directed by David Leddy. Designed for smartphones and tablets, this groundbreaking drama presents its story through text, audio, video and photos.

During January 2015 it is available for free!

 

 

The Tell-Tale Heart Autumn Tour

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

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The 2014 Autumn tour of Little Earthquake’s The Tell-Tale Heart begins in October. Laurence Saunders gives a brilliant performance as Poe’s tormented narrator Simon and I join him on stage as his Doctor, revealing the sonic details of Simon’s murderous tale with an array of props and vegetables.

Have you ever envisaged the sound a dismembered human body might make? Well in Little Earthquake’s adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s gruesome short story The Tell Tale Heart, sound is the play’s third character…

As Simon retells the story, Iain provides the sounds from a table of strange and fascinating props. In fact, the audience are in awe of what prop will be used next… This is a great way to retell a Gothic classic and Saunders creation of the mad nurse is worth the ticket price alone.

Matt Jarram, Loughborough Echo

With support from several Rural Touring promoters we’ll be playing the following dates:

 

TTHboth04/10/14 Smethwick, Black Country Touring

22/10/14 Chester, Cheshire Rural Touring Arts

25/10/14 Malvern, Live and Local

31/10/14 Bromyard, Arts Alive

01/11/14 Tattenhall, Cheshire Rural Touring Arts

14/11/14 Caistor, Lincolnshire Rural & Community Touring

15/11/14 Wickenby, Lincolnshire Rural & Community Touring

30/11/14 Matlock, Live and Local

 

 

For full details and booking info visit the Little Earthquake website.

A Journey Round My Skull – Teaser

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

A Journey Round My Skull (TEASER) from Mathew Beckett on Vimeo.

KILN Ensemble’s A Journey Round My Skull  will be showing at Latitude Festival on 19/07/14 and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 01-24/08/14 at Summerhall. This great teaser was made by Mathew Beckett.

The show’s been getting some great reviews at the fringe. I’ve posted some links on the project page.

City Of The Blind

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
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City of the Blind promotional image. Photo: Minttu Mäntynen. Concept: David Leddy. Pictured: Claire Knight.

 

Earlier this year I worked as assistant sound designer to Pippa Murphy on City Of The Blind, a multi-media political thriller written and directed by David Leddy. Available from 1st August 2014 for smartphones and tablets, this groundbreaking drama presents its story through text, audio, video and photos.

It is an emotionally complex and intellectually provocative drama that follows U.N. investigator and whistleblower Cassie Al-Khatib caught in a web of surveillance, violence, and counter-intelligence. Throughout six thirty-minute-long chapters you access secret files to hear Cassie’s voicemail, intercept her emails, and watch CCTV. The piece is based on research into shocking real-life abuse committed by U.N. peacekeepers.

Available at www.DavidLeddy.com for £8.99

City Of The Blind has received favourable reviews: ***** from The Stage and British Theatre Guide and **** from The Scotsman

A Journey Round My Skull

Friday, February 28th, 2014
A journey round my skull production shot

Photographs © Jonathan Blackford 2014

I recently finished work on the sound design for A Journey Round My Skull by Kindle Theatre. This project has been in development for the last year and is inspired by the extraordinary medical memoir written by Hungarian satirist Frigyes Karinthy. The memoir presents the author’s account of his diagnosis with a brain tumour and its subsequent removal during awake brain surgery.

A journey round my skull production shot

Photographs © Jonathan Blackford 2014

In collaboration with writer Nick Walker, Olivia Winteringham has adapted this memoir into a one woman show in which the tumour and its surgical removal become a metaphor for the lengths one might go to to eradicate painful or embarrassing memories. Frigyes experienced aural hallucinations as a symptom of his condition and we have developed this as a central idea in the work. We also used sound as the medium through which to recreate the experience of brain surgery. This involved research and sound recording inside hospital operating theatres and the use of binaural sound, delivered via headphones, to create an intimate and personal experience for each audience member.

The show opened in the Studio at Bristol Old Vic in February and will be touring in March and May to venues in Cambridge, Manchester, Birmingham, Norwich, Wolverhampton and London. Full details are available on the Kindle website.