Aujourd’hui à Passeport International, Derry Denatured, La Denaturée ville de Derry de Mark Vernon que nous avons aussi entendu en début de saison.
Le paysagiste sonore et artiste radiophonique Écossais Mark Vernon nous propose aujourd’hui des capitations dénaturées de la ville de Derry. Il a choisi pour cette œuvre de transformer les sons du quotidien de cette ville qu'il a renvoyé au public qui devait alors imiter et identifier ces sons truqués. Le jeu radio fut ensuite capté de nouveaus et intégré à l’oeuvre de l'artiste sonore Mark Vernon
On entendra d’ailleurs les voix de certains d’entre-eux dont Sarah Barr, Fiona Burke, Eamonn Brown, Amanda Doherty, Charlene Smith and Marta.
Using unconventional recording techniques and studio trickery certain qualities within the Derry soundscape have been highlighted, exaggerated or distorted into something unusual and unexpected – obscuring what was once recognisable and enabling radio listeners to hear the city in a new light.
Taking the everyday sounds of the city as a starting point, a series of field recordings selected for their ambiguous qualities were played back to Derry residents; the sounds became increasingly distorted as the sequence progressed. The ambiguity was heightened through a variety of unusual recording processes including extreme close-ups, electromagnetic induction, ultrasound, binaural stereo, hydrophone and contact mic recordings. Additionally, digital processing techniques were used to further ‘denature’ these once familiar sounds. Participants were asked to identify, describe and imitate each sound. The resulting 'sound descriptions' were in turn used as briefs to create artificial or exaggerated sounds matching the qualities described by subjects. In the final work, the natural and unnatural sounds of Derry are intermingled in a long form radiophonic sound composition that meanders through the city accompanied by insights and analysis of the sound environment by the people who inhabit it.
Featuring the voices: of Sarah Barr, Fiona Burke, Eamonn Brown, Amanda Doherty, Charlene Smith and Marta.
Commissioned by the Jerwood Foundation for Resonance FM's ‘Derry City of Culture 2013’ radio residency broadcasts in association with VOID gallery.
Mark Vernon is a sound artist and radio producer based in Glasgow, Scotland. He has produced programmes internationally for stations including Resonance FM, VPRO, CKUT, Sound Art Radio, Kunstradio, Wavefarm, RADIA and the BBC. He has also been directly involved in the creation of several UK art radio stations including: Radiophrenia, Hairwaves, Radio Tuesday and Nowhere Island Radio. He records and performs in a number of music projects including Vernon & Burns (Gagarin, Staalplaat, Ultra Eczema), Hassle Hound (Staubgold, Textile, Pickled Egg) and A Small Party of Pressure (Firstfold). His solo albums include: 'Static Cinema' (Entr'acte 2012), 'Sounds of the Modern Hospital' (meagre resource 2014) and 'Things That Were Missed in the Clamour for Calm' (3Leaves 2015).