Call & Response

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South East Future Sounds

Over the past 3 years C&R have been testing the potential for new collaborations between artists, acousticians, local authorities and their communities by using sound art and acoustic design to explore listening issues. We have been working in with Milton Keynes at MK Gallery, in Peterborough with the Metal and Peterborough City Council and are currently collaborating with Anderson Acoustics to produce an immersive Ambisonic audio that allows audiences to experience the sonic future of their local spaces.

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Opus17aSlimeVariation#5

A commission for post-rave algorithmic computer music duo EVOL who made a new work for Call & Response’s 13 speaker immersive sound system.  This project reflects an ongoing interest in presenting experimental electronic music in an immersive multi-speaker environment. EVOL’s integrates the sounds of post-rave electronic music with some of the strategies of algorithmic and generative musical composition.

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35 MWph & 172 Warning Bells

These two projects used immersive multi-channel audio and data sonification to draw attention to the relationship between sound and the production and consumption of power. Both projects involved engaging with local people through workshops as a way of exploring sound and the environment.

35 MWph  is a 12-speaker Ambisonic audio installation that was heard at Agency Gallery in South London and used the SELCHP electricity plant as a data source. 

172 Warning Bells is a generative, responsive audio-work  were audio was drawn from Emergency Alert Signal tones, the same tones to be heard in the event of an emergency through the 172 sirens in and around the Indian Point Plant, a nuclear plant just outside New York City. The piece was presented as a 12-channel Ambisonic sound installation as part of Code of Contingency, New York, 2012. 

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London Subterraneous

Produced by Call & Response with sound artist Jacob Kirkegaard, London Subterraneous is a 27-channel Ambisonic sound installation that reveals the hidden sounds of London’s forgotten underground water system.

For this project, special microphones were used to record the sound of London's underground waterways. Accessed through a series of “stink pipes” that connect London's familiar terrestrial environment to a lesser-known complex network of sewers and rivers below. The towering, hollow pipes, now rusting fixtures dotted across London were erected as safety valves to vent excess toxic gases along a newly built Victorian sewer network. Originally built in 1860’s these steel structures allow us to connect through our past and eavesdrop on the capital’s underground world. The resultant sonic experience is a portrait of the soundscape below ground and through the pipes themselves.

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Descriptive Realities

Produced by C&R with artist Seohye Le and deafblind charity Sense. Descriptive Realities is a sound work, especially created for Birmingham Weekender. Inspired by the everyday listening experiences of those with profound sensory loss this artwork highlights issues faced by the deafblind community in everyday environments such as domestic settings and public transport. 3D audio, Augmented Reality and Audio Description were used to shed light on our diverse listening experience. Drawing on Seohye's own hearing impairment and perception of sound this piece plays with the mysterious, evocative and sometimes confusing world produced by our eyes and ears. A continuation of a longterm collaboration with Sense, this project involved working with deafblind people from residential homes in the Midlands area.

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Our Voice Our Way

Produced by Call & Response in collaboration with Heart n Soul, Our Voice, Our Way is an immersive audiovisual installation that shares the voices, stories and photos of people with learning disabilities and autism. Assembled from over 60 hours of recorded interviews this work uses 27 channel Ambisonic audio and multichannel video to weave together the life stories of 30 people with and without learning disabilities who have worked together over 30 years to create some truly amazing works of art, music and live experiences. Our Voice, Our Way is the first time that people with and without learning disabilities have had a chance tell their own stories in their own words - together. Their experiences provides a deeper understanding of learning disability culture and is now part of the The Big 30 Archive 

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