To create this piece Duncan travelled to sites around the world undergoing rapid environmental changes, collecting sounds from wildfires in the USA, the crumbling cliffs of England’s east coast, rising seas around Norway and the dunes of the Northern Sahara. Using realtime audio software these recordings are combined with the sounds of the city the audience is walking through.
Duncan Speakman (UK 1976) is a composer and sound artist based at the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol. He creates narrative sound led experiences that engage audiences in uncontrolled public and private space. He regularly creates bespoke work internationally including installations on trains in Guangzhou, loudspeaker symphonies in New Zealand, audio walks in Saitama, and sound installations in Porto; he has also recently developed a number of hybrid print/digital experiments.
His current research is in the relationship between locative urban audio experiences and contemporary ecology, wrapping the questions in melancholy and romance. He set up and directed the arts collective Circumstance from 2010 – 2017 with Sarah Anderson and Emilie Grenier, later joined by Tom Abba. He continues now as a solo artist and researcher.
created by Duncan Speakman
music: Sarah Anderson and Duncan Speakman
book design: Tom Abba
technical support: Steve Symons
production assistant: Will Taylor
lasercut design: Fiona Dowling
Only Expansion was developed with support from Theatre in The Mill Bradford, University of Exeter Arts And Culture, Lydgalleriet Bergen, and Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants.
This tour of Only Expansion is being supported by the Watershed Bristol and commissioned by Season for Change, a nationwide programme of artistic and cultural events that celebrate the environment and inspire urgent climate action. Led by Julie’s Bicycle and Artsadmin, and supported by Arts Council England and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
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