We’ve been in Suffolk over the past couple of days on a research and development trip for Faster Than Sound: Soundfields, making measurements and planning the installation logistics. Though it’s an idyllic landscape, we inadvertently picked a suitably blustery moment to visit, with winds of 25mph thwarting some of our less-shielded microphones.
The first peek of the installation site itself, on the Hepworth Lawn. Our next-door neighbour will thus be Barbara Hepworth's bronze sculpture "Family of Man" (1970).
It's crucial that we don't underestimate the distance of convoluted speaker cabling to remote locations.
The debris-strewn Dungeness was a gift as regards integrating speakers into the landscape. Here, we're taking a different tack, digging into the earth and embedding our eight channels below ground level.
The Britten-Pears Library at Snape Maltings is a vast archive of music scores and texts. Like seemingly every room on the site, it also packs a number of Steinways, and a beautiful harpsichord.
We also took the opportunity to make a number of environmental field recordings, which will be appearing here shortly.