noisy silences

'noisy silences' is a series of listenings that explore the relationship between the soundscape and contemplative practice.

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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.

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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?

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Bradford's Brook 03-11-22Richard Bentley
00:00 / 07:18
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St John the Baptist, Mongewell, Oxfordshire

15th October 2022

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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.

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Photo credits: Sarah Bentley

St John the Baptist, Mongewell 15-10-22Richard Bentley
00:00 / 22:16
 
 
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St Mary's Church, Wallingford, Oxfordshire

13th September 2022

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St Mary's Church Wallingford 13-09-22Richard Bentley
00:00 / 21:03
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Lower Wharf, Wallingford, Oxfordshire

8th September 2022

Lower Wharf, Wallingford 1pm 08-09-22 ExcerptRichard Bentley
00:00 / 10:02

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.

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Small Silence [  ] installation, Broad Street Mall, Reading

 
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New Barn Field Centre, Bradford Peverell, Dorchester

3rd September 2022

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Neatly draped over parched pasture.

Shielded wires mask the babble of conversation

A bitstream cacophony from silence.

 
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Quarr Abbey, Isle of Wight

15th August 2022

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Quarr Abbey Nave 10am 15-08-22Richard Bentley
00:00 / 21:18
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