Swash

Prior, David and Crow, Frances (2003) Swash. [Exhibition]

Item Type: Exhibition
Event Summary: Swash/Living Coasts, Torquay, Devon
Creators: Prior, David and Crow, Frances
Abstract / Summary:

‘Swash’ was Prior’s first collaboration with architect, Frances Crow, working as ‘liminal’. ‘Swash’ is a 24 channel sound installation commissioned by Paignton Zoo as an artwork for its ‘Living Coasts’ sea life visitor attraction, and was funded by RALP (Regional Arts Lottery Programme) Arts Council of England, South West.

'liminal' set out to explore possibilities for an ‘expanded’ architecture in which a loudspeaker system might provide an additional prosthetic layer to the building, through which the physical constraints of the space could be explored, augmented or subverted. We mounted independently controlled speakers in a tunnel space at equidistant intervals, sufficiently close together to enable smooth transitions to be made from one speaker to the next. Using the speaker system we devised a series of complex movement models derived from behavioural patterns found in the movement of water which could be applied to sounds which, themselves, had all derived from recordings of water in different environments. We made underwater recordings using equipment from the University of Plymouth's Ocean Science labs land deployed a wide range of location and studio recording techniques prior to the processing of material used in the installation.

Official URL: http://www.liminal.org.uk/portfolio/swash/
Date: 14 July 2003
Additional Information: Following liminal’s write-up of the piece in the Earshot journal, Prior was invited to return to the original recordings and devise a new, eight track concert piece for performance at the Sonic Arts Network Expo in Manchester, June 2006. He also produced a scaled-down version of the installation for the Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Festival in France. A third version, in which Prior improvises live with the original sound recordings, was commissioned by the SpACE-net research group and premiered at the University of York, January 2007. Since then, both Prior’s fixed concert version and his improvised version have been performed internationally.
Depositing User: David Prior
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2014 10:01
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2014 10:00
URI: http://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/415

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