Published: 25 May 2012 at 10:14
Students take to the great outdoors for innovative music and drama performances
Anglia Ruskin University’s annual Festival Week in Cambridge, run by the Department of Music and Performing Arts, is breaking new ground this year with mobile sound walks and site-specific performance as part of their programme of events.
Sound walks are location-based works experienced using headphones either with an mp3 player or mobile phone, and are intended to be heard in a specific place. The works range from audio guides to mini-dramas, experimental documentaries and ambient soundscapes, with listeners guided by a map.
Third year BA (Hons) Creative Music Technology and BA (Hons) Music students taking the Radiophonica module have made a number of imaginative group works featuring locations close to Anglia Ruskin’s Cambridge campus, including the River Cam and the Mill Road Cemetery. Each work explores different approaches to drama and place, from gothic horror, to natural disaster and street crime.
The project is sponsored by Visualise, Anglia Ruskin’s public arts programme, and is a collaboration with Enrique Tomás of www.noTours.org The noTours Android mobile phone software enables sounds to be triggered by location using GPS technology, allowing listeners to take the walk at their own pace.
Senior Lecturer in Creative Music Technology, Dr Tom Hall, who has supervised the students’ projects said:
The mobile sound walks will take place on Thursday, 31 May (1-5pm) with a talk by Enrique Tomás and Dr Tom Hall at 12pm in Lord Ashcroft Building 028.
Meanwhile, Drama and Performing Arts students are also exploring the great outdoors as part of their graduating projects at Wysing Arts Centre in Bourn, Cambridgeshire.
Members of the public are invited to join the performers as they encounter, explore, re-imagine and recreate the landscapes and environments around them through stories, texts, soundscapes, movement, surprise and suggestion. This afternoon event (2-7pm on 7 and 8 June) offers the opportunity to picnic, relax and explore Wysing’s beautiful rural setting.
Student Rob Wells said:
Fellow student Pamela Jenner said: