'noisy silences' is a series of listenings that explore the relationship between the soundscape and contemplative practice.
St Peter's Church, Wallingford, Oxfordshire
10th November 2022
With eyes closed, backup beepers bring the dilapidated pipe organ to life and bird calls fall from the rafters illuminating the nave. The distant pitch-sweep of brakes mingle with room tone, until I’m gathered in by the slow, staggered rhythm of beads passing through my fingers.
Bradford's Brook, Wallingford, Oxfordshire
3rd November 2022
Distance reduces an aircraft to rumble, revealing the babbles and bubbles of recent rainfall. Owl calls quickly disappear behind questions: How long ‘til pick-up? Is the recorder too precariously balanced? Did I set the sample rate? Why did I feel the need to record?
St John the Baptist, Mongewell, Oxfordshire
15th October 2022
An air of antiquity laid to ruin by the piercing floral scent of a diffuser. Temple bells squeeze through a smartphone speaker, a distraction from thunderous amplified silence of traffic, noise floor and blood flow.
An anxious silence, but with the security of high-gain hearing.
Photo credits: Sarah Bentley
St Mary's Church, Wallingford, Oxfordshire
13th September 2022
Lower Wharf, Wallingford, Oxfordshire
8th September 2022
In one step the hollow alleyway acoustic bursts into a sodden expanse. Leaves and roof tiles glitter above. Below, droplets sound the mezzanine and run-off, the stream. The scene is intimate and closed until thunder draws me outwards, past the Chilterns, someway beyond.
Small Silence [ ] installation, Broad Street Mall, Reading
New Barn Field Centre, Bradford Peverell, Dorchester
3rd September 2022
Neatly draped over parched pasture.
Shielded wires mask the babble of conversation
A bitstream cacophony from silence.
Quarr Abbey, Isle of Wight
15th August 2022