SOUND RESIDENCY

Richard Harris, Rie Nakajima, Lee Patterson, Shiori Usui

In 2014 four artists took part in a resdiency at The Rodd as part of the Crossings Residency Proramme (2102 - 2014). Their work explored the medium of sound as a responce to the natural environment and culminated in a collaborative performance in the gallery.

Environmental sculptor Richard Harris says his aim is to make a place 'sing' in a new way, to bring the ingredients of a place together in a way that creates something that 'belongs' but is also completely new." His most recent work include Theydon Bois, earthwork paths and planting next to M11, for The Woodland Trust; Westonbirt Arboretum, for the Forestry Commission (2,000 Year Lime Tree) and 'Jurassic Stones', Weymouth, for Arts Council England (Cultural Olympiad) & Dorset CC. 

Rie Nakajima is the 2014 Arts Foundation award-winner for experimental music. After studying sculpture at Chelsea and later the Slade Rie has been working on installations and performances which produce sounds using a combination of kinetic devices, audio materials and found objects. "Using sound, I look for a state where things start to react to each other, freed from their specific contexts" she says. 

Lee Patterson is concerned with landscape in terms of the sounds it may yield or contain when approached with open ears and recording apparatus, alongside an interest in the sonic potential of objects found and gathered therein. Recent commissions include 'Orefield' for Newcastle's ground-breaking AV festival which explores areas of the north Pennines and elements of the old lead mining industry that once thrived there and 'The Laughing Water Dashes Through', a composition for hydrophone recordings for the 2013 Cockermouth Weekender, Kirkgate Arts Centre. 

Composer Shiori Usui has just celebrated the world premiere of her work 'Deep' for Birmingham Contemporary Music Group under conductor Martyn Brabbins, concluding her year-long Apprentice Composer-in-Residence post with the orchestra. "I like working with timbre, and I love discovering various unusual sounds such as the sound of the human body, the deep sea and so on, and taking them as inspiration for my works. I also love experimenting with instruments to discover sound colours that I had never heard before or something that can be a part of the sound palate that I use when I compose."

Film-maker Keith Duddy is documenting the residency. 

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