Press Release – Andover Advertiser
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3rd October Neurodivergent art exhibition coming to Chapel Arts Studios By James Ashworth @JamesAshworth98 Reporter An art exhibition designed for neurodivergent people is coming to Andover’s Chapel Arts Studios in November. Neurodivergence is a term used to describe the variation in how the human brain functions, and is often associated … Continue Reading…

Peace is just a state of mind
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I’ve just completed the online Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator, which was inspired by watching Robert Holden’s five week online training course Coaching Success. What was interesting about the results were they exactly matched what I expressed in my latest work Sermon – On the seventh beatitude, an investigation of my … Continue Reading…

Himalayan Singing Bowls
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Through my work as a Sound Therapist I have been exploring the effects of sound on a person, with the intention of boosting their physical energy and improving their health and emotional wellbeing. There are many different reasons why a persons energy could feel depleted. It could be due to giving … Continue Reading…

Folonko
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The Folonko (crocodile) also known as Mama Folonko, is one of three sacred fresh water crocodile pools in The Gambia. It is located in the rural village of Kartong, where I spent two years on a self directed residency from 2012 – 2014, and subsequently visit every year. The pool … Continue Reading…

murmuration
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I took part in the first ‘murmuration’ residency 2018, exploration of all aspects of located sound (sound art, field recording, acoustic ecology, sound design, soundscape, sound installation & diffusion etc), coordinated by Jez Riley-French and Chris Watson. The location was Glenshee Scotland, on the edge of the Cairngorms, a rich source of inspiration, listening … Continue Reading…

The Listeners
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The Listeners is an on going project where I am exploring the natural soundscape of Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve, which is home to a group of ancient Yew Trees known as ‘The Watchers’. Yew Trees are indigenous British trees, decedents from our ancient woodland, often growing or planted on … Continue Reading…

Foli – West African word used for rhythm
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In my experience rural West African people have a strong connection to sound, drawing inspiration form the natural environment and trusting that reality resides predominantly in what is heard and said. Foli, a mandinka word describing speech or to produce music, is an ongoing project, which explores phonetic descriptive sounds … Continue Reading…

Spearman – Interviews with Kartonkas
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To offer an understanding of how local people feel about their friend and family taking the Back Way, we interviewed a number of local Kartong village men. Our feelings are that it presents a perspective of the situation from the view of West African’s, rather than the bias view of … Continue Reading…

Interview with Spearman’s Mother
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During the delivery of the Spearman project in Karting, The Gambia February 2017, myself and Kye Wilson with the help of Sami Teflon interviewed Spearman’s Mother. The interview was conducted in the West African language of Mandinka, and was themed around the issues concerning people leaving the village to travel the Back Way … Continue Reading…

Preparing for Spearman in The Gambia
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Our preparation to deliver the Spearman project in The Gambia had been challenged by a military intervention from neighbouring West African countries to evict president Jammeh out of the presidential office. The process created chaos in the country as 26,000 Gambians, fearful that violence could erupt, sought refuge in Senegal and thousands of … Continue Reading…

Spearman Premier at Kartong Festival
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After a full week of preparation it was the day that we present Spearman at the Kartong International Festival 2017. The first challenge was to transport the screen to the festival site about 5 km away from the Eco-Lodge. I enquired about hiring a donkey. After about an hour, I … Continue Reading…

Preparing for Spearman in the UK
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Following our return from künzelsau, Germany where we recorded Spearman performing the traditional West African costume, we have returned to England and have been undertaking post editing the film and sound and prepare the equipment for our trip to The Gambia. We are grateful for the support from project assistant Charlotte … Continue Reading…

Searching for Spearman
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We have just returned from künzelsau, Germany, where we recorded Spearman performing the traditional West African costume. It was an emotional journey and reunion with Spearman. Our flight took us to Stuttgart, where we hired a car to drive to künzelsau. We met Spearman late in the evening of arrival … Continue Reading…

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