End of Empire & Now the Hero

I have been invited to create a new performance at the Glynn Vivian Gallery in Swansea to take place 5-8pm on Friday 21st 2018 as part of the preview event for Yinka Shonibare’s “End of Empire” exhibition and start of the week of art activities tying into Marc Rees’ “Now the Hero”

I am searching my archive to find records connecting to the themes of these two works and to the gallery and its location.  Looking at the partially installed work by Yinka Shonibare last weekend I was reminded of this Talking Heads album cover ..

Talking Heads - Little Creatures (2)

I plan to use records made in Swansea, (I discovered the Welsh Teledisc label was run from 139 Walter Rd, Swansea), by artists from the Swansea area (Harry Secombe and Morriston Orpheus Choir perhaps..), and songs/artists connected to WW1 and empire (Oh What a Lovely War!, Alf Garnet etc).

Warren Mitchell - Songs of World War 1

I might also throw in some records responding to the Glyn Vivian collection, I noticed a series of seascapes and wondered about some shanties…

The Twelve Buccaneers - Shanties

Songs of the Sea

and this…

Roger Evans - The Ballad of Swansea Jack

I did some work with records for Swansea and the Glyn Vivian some years ago for a Welsh-Estonian artist exchange thing.  It included a mix of records made with artists and recordings from the area and a performance on Swansea beach.
About a year later I (unsuccessfully) applied for an exhibition opportunity there and made some other mixes.. I made a playlist of things from back then on Youtube which I cant seem to embed so have to link to by here instead

Mixes at an Exhibition

I was invited to create a live mix for the opening of Strange Eden, an exhibition of work by James Moore in Oriel Mwldan Gallery, Cardigan.

Records were selected in response to the work on display and following a few conversations with James ahead of the event.

Records used include: Tomita – Pictures at an Exhibition; Emerson, Lake and Palmer – Pictures at an Exhibition; Debussy – La Mer; Jean Michel Jarre Live; BBC Sound Effects No6; RCA Home Movie Sound Effects; Landscape III – You Know how to Hurt me; Top Gun OST; I also used a cassette tape of VU-3D for Sinclair ZX Spectrum.

Loops were found randomly from the records using bits of wire to hold the tone arms.

Records at an Exhibition

James Moore Poster with Jake

Really looking forward to playing some records for the opening of this exhibition by James Moore.

We met some weeks ago for some tea and a chat about ideas and how to select records and devise a new performance work for the exhibition opening.   I am developing quite a diverse selection.. likely to include some synth classics as well as BBC sound effects, the Top Gun soundtrack and Michael Jackson’s Bad.

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Red Oktober

Photos by Kathryn Campbell Dodd

Many thanks to all the visitors to the installation at Punk Bikes in Cardiff last month.  Working together to create a musical soviet using a collection of themed vinyl records and found audio equipment, we covered and combined a range of musical genres and created a great deal of red noise!
The images below show a few of the visitors exploring the collection, you can listen to and download the full audio files through the links at the bottom of this post.

Visitors were introduced to the collection of old audio equipment and record players – a Dansette tempo found on the road in Carmarthen; an old Ultra from an attic near Carmarthen; a BSR from a recycling centre in Devon; a vintage Bush from a boot sale near Aberporth – all output into a Yamaha compact cassette 4 track from a distant teenage friend.  The 4 track then outputs to a battered Roclab 4 channel mixer (found in a skip in Bristol), along with a Sony PS-212A (given by a friend) and a Pioneer PL-111Z turntable (found on the street) running through a Numark 2 channel mixer (exchanged for a website). An old Sony PS-212 (with its own idea of what 33 or 45 is) and a vintage Technics SL-Q2 took the other channels.

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The box of records was selected from a database of over 4000 by searching for the terms Soviet, Russian, and Revolution (and also included some Punk and protest song records).  These were available to choose from and to play in any way visitors wished.

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Many of the record players had the tone arms tied with bits of wire so they found a loop point, the Sony PS-212A played normally and the Pioneer PL-111Z played backwards.

You can listen or download the full recordings of the event here – http://jacobwhittaker.co.uk/sounds/RedOktober_part1.mp3
http://jacobwhittaker.co.uk/sounds/RedOktober_part2.mp3

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A Peasant in Four Dimensions

28 Ninian Red

Sound objects in red theme for the centenary of the October revolution.
The reds are heading to a new installation in the garden of No28 Ninian rd with Rhôd and madeinroath.

The Red Army Choir; Red Light; Contact in Red Square; I see Red; The Red Flag; Red Guitar; Red River Valley; Blood Red Roses; Rise Red Sun; Simply Red; Red Red Wine; Red Maple Leaves; Little Red Rooster; Red Roses For A Blue Lady; Red Light; Red Box; Little Red Bus; Red Velvet Steering Wheel; Red Nichols; Girl In Red 99 Red Balloons;

The work for Rhôd in Roath 2017 will explore the collection through a red filter, gathering and ignoring eclectic musical references to popular culture and radiating red noise.