Upon the the Space Staion theme of this year's festival,I spent three glorious days on Papa Westray - distilling island life into biomusic, found sound and ambient soundscapesdirector,watercolour music
Soundfield SPS200 ambiosonic microphone recorded on to a Tascam DR70d mkII as well as a hand held Tascam DR100 for the odd informal moment .
Four H2a-XLR Hydrophones suspended from a floating array and recording directly to a Tascam DR-70D. 96Khz, 24 bit
Almost all planetary science relies on waves of one form or another. Sound waves is an interesting addition to our means of gathering data and an appropriate medium to use in Orkney, given its setting surrounded by the dynamic ocean wave-scape of the Pentland Firth and North Sea. In particular: • Geographical isolation improves the quality of an unpolluted source • Wide surface area provides a broader data collection range • Orkney has a strong tradition of using music to impart emotional information; a cornerstone of any advanced civilisation.
For the festival I collected: Sound Waves: Original field recordings,archive and existing field recordings Tidal Waves: Locally observed tidal information; tide times, currents, water depths Light Waves: Meteorological information as well as manmade (Noup Head - Westray Lighthouse). Radio waves: From random radio transmissions and other microwave communications. I also convolved (Acoustically Mapped) St Bonifaces Chapel and the Kelp Store
It's a weekend of live performance, music, space walks, workshops, exhibition, cinema and a deep space disco, all centered in and around the beautiful Papa Westray.
Harvest Homes are an Orkney traditional celebration in honour of a successful harvest.Now part of the festival, Papay’s "Muckle Supper" is an annual feast of Holmie lamb – from the Holm’s seaweed-eating sheep.
Artists, writers, thinkers have been especially attracted to islands through history for the solitude and the landscape, and as places to contemplate and inspire. Using this as a starting point, artist Saoirse Higgins and I decided to set up an event which responded to this particular island trait.
Saoirse Higgins is a artist-designer from Dublin, Ireland, currently living on Papa Westray, Orkney. She is interested in revealing some of the connections between our vision of the world we live in, our expectations for the future and the technology we use to help us with this.
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