While making Chwedl Dwr I realised how water has been a big part of the work I have made and continue to make, both in my own art practice and through collaborations and commissions. Below are just some of the videos where water is a major feature.
This short film includes spoken word and vocal performance, and harmonium. These are layered with field recordings and underwater recordings made in and around Rhayader in June 2012. The traditional song Banks of the Ohio, included as a tribute to Rhayader-born Maralene Powell, has been reworked into Where the Waters Flow Down which was recorded in Rhayader’s Community Museum gallery, played back and then re-recorded several times, in a process developed by experimental composer Alvin Lucier in 1969. In each recording, Laurens added a new layer of harmony. Each verse you hear in the film soundtrack is taken from a successive recording, the original sound signal transforming into a soundscape generated by acoustics response of the gallery. http://www.gwrando.org
This experiment in visualising the human voice is made by placing an underwater speaker just below the surface of the water, the skylight above reflecting on the surface which is moved by the sound creating the patterns seen. The video below uses the same song but with a spotlight.
T H E M E R M A I D
Performed by J U L I E M U R P H Y
Recorded and filmed by
J A C O B W H I T T A K E R
at Alboro Castle, Llandudoch, Wales on 13.10.14 Additional footage shot at Poppit Sands and Aberystwyth
From T H E M E R M A I D EP available from juliemurphy.bandcamp.com
With special thanks to dear friends
Ceri Owen Jones and Elsa Davies for sharing the song.
Pete, Tracy, Willow and Brook at Alboro for sharing their house and Brook’s piano.
Marie and Maria at Lush designs for the mermaid lamp. Sarah and Rowan Glan y Mor for the mirror
Poems by Maggie Harris
From Sixty Years of Loving, Cane Arrow Press:
To an Afghan woman poet
For Leonard Cohen
From After a Visit to a Botanical Garden, Cane Arrow Press:
Place of Stones
Prose extract from Kiskadee Girl, Kingston University Press:
And you, my country
Aquarius & Berbice River Rap (so far unpublished)
Layers in the Landscape was a commission by Erin Kavanagh looking at stories and science in Cardigan Bay.
With Erin Kavanagh, Lynne Denman, Martin Bates, Maria Hayes, Diarmuid Johnson, Peter Stevenson and Jacob Whittaker. The project was supported by the ISRF and UWTSD.
Documentation for a performance in Aberystwyth Arts Centre 2013.
Made for Rhod 2010 the installation included a projected video from inside Clos Y Graig chapel in Drefelin (http://www.vimeo.com/12617826 ) and this film on an LCD screen alongside.
As well as the sound on this video, a number of speakers placed along the approach to the screens played sounds of the river recorded at various points along the journey from the mill to the chapel.
One of the first films I made with a half decent camera, this was a good test for a new rain cover! Audio improvisation with keyboards and drumloops in Audiomulch.
Part of Rhod 2014