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Variable 4 Elizabeth Castle

It’s with great pleasure that we can announce the third appearance of Variable 4 — and the first overseas (albeit still within British territory). From 22nd to 25th September 2011, the piece will be installed at Elizabeth Castle, Jersey, in conjunction with the Branchage film festival.

Elizabeth Castle

This also the first time that the piece has operated over several days, running for roughly four days between 22nd and 25th. This is pretty exciting for us, as it means exposure to a much wider range of weather conditions.

Elizabeth Castle itself is just off the coast of St Helier, over a causeway which submerged outside of low tides. For the remainder of the time, it’s accessible via an aquatic vehicle (below). We’re already relishing the thought of loading up a van-full of meteorological and A/V equipment onto these little boats…

Elizabeth Castle ferry

Though sponsored by the festival, access to the installation itself will be free, bar the cost of the ferry trip.

Competition: Win two coach tickets to Variable 4/Soundfields!

Because it’s a sunny Friday and we’re celebrating a highly successful Variable 4 field test yesterday, we’ve decided to give away a free pair of coach tickets to Variable 4 at FTS: Soundfields on 28th May. These will shuttle you direct from London Liverpool Street to Aldeburgh for a sound-art daytrip to the Suffolk countryside (travel details).

To enter: simply send an email to competition at, subject “Competition”, by 7pm Friday 20 May. We’ll notify the winner on Saturday morning.

Coach direct to Variable 4 Snape Maltings

For the day of the Snape Maltings installation, we’re delighted to once more be operating a direct coach journey from London Liverpool Street to the site of Variable 4 and Faster Than Sound: Soundfields. At less than half the cost of a train ticket, and running direct to Snape Maltings, it should hopefully save visitors time and money, and provide a memorable day trip to the Suffolk countryside melded seamlessly with cutting-edge sound art.

Book your coach ticket here. Bookings are done securely through Paypal, with a limited number of discounted early-bird tickets for those quick off the mark.

Journey to Variable 4 Dungeness, May 2011. Photo: Andreas Tovan.

Journey to Variable 4 Dungeness, May 2011.
Photo: Andreas Tovan.

Updates to public transport info

IMPORTANT! For those intending to come down via public transport, please note that we have just corrected our travel information. Turns out that some previous details were out of date; many thanks to Liz Tucker for alerting us.

The recommended route from London is now the National Rail service to Ashford International (38 mins), followed by the 11 bus (timetable, PDF) to the Pilot Inn, which is a couple of minutes’ walk from the site. Do be aware before travelling that buses are relatively infrequent.

And don’t forget that we are also operating direct coaches from London Victoria, departing at 11am and returning at 6pm.

Coach tickets now available for booking

We’re very glad to have just opened bookings for cheap coach returns to Dungeness for visitors to Variable 4. Departure is scheduled from London Victoria at 11am, Saturday 22 May, and returning at 6pm in the evening, with a journey time of around 2 hours each way. We hope that this will also provide ample time to explore the local area and say hello to the RNLI crew, who will be manning the nearby station.

Tickets can be booked here using PayPal, for £7.50 return. Visiting the installation is, of course, free.


The coach won’t, unfortunately, be one of these splendid Routemasters, but we couldn’t resist posting this photograph nonetheless.