Posts Tagged ‘Excavation’

Visitor Centre opens on Friday 17th September, 6pm – 9pm, and is open daily, 11am to 4pm from Saturday 18th September to Sunday 3rd October. The show is the culmination of my 10 week residency at The Rea Garden, a former industrial site in Birmingham. It features a sound installation, excavations and found objects and an […]


Info on the first day of the first Open Sound Group collaborative workshop can be found here. Seems silly to repost the same information, so below are a couple of photos of some of the recording experiments and techniques I used today.


This week I’ve been making some more recordings, including recording the sound of the spade as I’m digging using contact mics. The contact mics are attached to the spade with silver gaffer tape. This first set up worked ok at first but the jolting of the digging movements caused problems with the recorder, so I […]


Mapping the Site A way to get to know the site. A feel for its dimensions. Noticing features (walls, gate). Starting to feel serious, working on the site. Taking the site seriously. Exploration and discovery. Mapping uncharted territory. Limitations imposed by equipment (short tape measure). Some parts are difficult to access due to plants. Questions of […]


Last week on site I found a Nissan car radio buried in the top few centimetres of topsoil, as I was looking for pieces of broken records. Below are a couple of images I took today which I might or might not use as publicity shots.


Today I’ve been experimenting, trying out some ideas I’d already planned and playing with objects in the space. First I tested out an idea based on the technique used in Alvin Lucier’s I am Sitting in a Room, as also used by Jacob Kirkegaard in his recordings at Chernobyl. Basic idea was to record the […]


Some images taken by Paul Newman of my process as I scour the site for pieces of broken shellac records. The strings on the poles are really a safety feature to stop people falling down the holes. The trays I’m using are photographic darkroom trays, weighed down with bricks to stop them being blown away. […]


Second week on site, this time I was in Birmingham for two days.  For the first day I did lost of test excavations looking for possible sites where there might be more broken record pieces. 12:00 Arrived on site after struggling to find a parking space. Immediately found some broken record pieces in a new area, on the surface […]


The first day of the residency was a gloriously sunny Friday. After meeting with Arlene and Leon and some brief discussion of the schedule (and a bacon butty) I started mapping the site. Below is a sketch plan showing all the appropriate measurements, my failed attempt at trying to use Pythagoras’  theorem to calculate whether one of the corners was […]