Title: hope amongst chaos
Description: This piece is a conceptual interpretation of the sound of recession. Created using the sounds of malfunctioning machines and skipping records to symbolise a faltering economic system, the stuttering effect it can have on peoples lives, and the glimmers of hope and opportunity that emerge amongst the chaos.
Description: In reflecting on the recession, I have applied a reductive and/or recessive technique to my trumpet playing. Rather like the Global Financiers, the consequences of my actions are barely there.
Name: Song-Ming Ang
Location: London, UK
Title: For Ebb (Falling)
Description: When there is a recession people are poor. Some resort to stealing. This is a poor man’s version of James Tenney’s “For Ann (Rising)”.
Title: sack round the freezing tree
a response to the tumultuous events in london this spring at the time of the g20 meeting/protests and very much inspired by brechts poem spring 1938. while not comparing our times to the coming world war that brecht wrote about we are nevertheless all losers in the invididious if subtle war currently taking place against our environments, our economies and our freedoms
Licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales Licence. (i.e. only the non-commercial bit is different)
Title: Torquay is Closed
Description: This is Torquay on the south coast of England. I wandered around a couple of shopping arcades noting what was closed or struggling. The sound quality isn’t very good – I was speaking into the microphone on my camera.
Title: “The Day Martina Was Born”
‘The day Martina was born’ is a short experimental radio piece based on the oral history’s and stories passed on by the artists Uncle, who’s family grew up near Fanad head, County Donegal Ireland. Many of the stories passed on recounted the terrible poverty that faced the people of Ireland throughout the country’s history, memory’s of which faded fast in the country’s boom years of the Celtic tiger. Now that we once again face into the abyss of economic crisis these story’s and history’s of a not so distant Ireland remerge. This piece seeks to capture the atmosphere of these oral history’s incorporating all the embellishment and hyperbole that comes with them.
Description: This is a sound piece recorded at the shopping centre, in a former bookshop, talking to a former customer, inter-spliced with the sounds of the centre in general. This sound piece has emerged out of our ongoing investigation on the “sound of regeneration” of Elephant & Castle.
Title: here and there
I’ve called the tune “here and there” because in the time of recession you don’t where you are with your feelings and emotions (how long the recession will last or on a sunny day everything seems to be fine etc.). “here and there” explores musically these different states of emotions.
The basis for my piece is the following days/weeks after the global recession hit. It was a time for recriminations, when the majority of banker were hate figures. I wanted to capture their feeling of hopelessness they must have felt and above all the feeling that the gravy train had ended, it was the death of the party. My piece captures the mood that the good times have ended. It uses a sample taken from a public train announcement, keeping only the words ‘i am very sorry’ evoking the commuters going to work and the feeling they must have had. They were alone and blamed by the world, an unimaginable situation.