Welcome to a noisy silence, a repository for the various recordings, artworks, writings and participatory projects of
sound artist Richard Bentley.
The soundscapes of hospitals are a colossal disjuncture from the comforting and familiar surroundings of everyday life. The sounds of monitors and machines, fellow patients, unfamiliar medical terms, the activities of clinical staff and the absence of familiar routines and diurnal rhythms, makes the environment quite alien. This project aims to anchor patients in the familiarity of local scenes and everyday sounds embedded within slow video, sound and music.
harris gardens trail
Working with staff, students and local schools to develop a tranquility trail around Reading University's Harris Gardens.
a reading of london street
An audio-tour soundwalk commissioned by Historic England that guides the listener through Reading's historic London Street. The sound walk combines music, audio drama and outdoor museum spaces. At its heart is London Street’s community, and its narrative is interwoven throughout the piece. Listeners will be taken on a dream-like journey through time.
"I just want to thank you for your field recording workshop, I really enjoyed it and would have loved to have spent more time with you for the editing process....It made me think about sound in a different way and prove very useful for my final degree show.”
— Tara (Reading University Fine Art Undergraduate)