Inspiring Views in Sound
Sound artist and musician Graham Dowdall immersed himself in the landscape around the Inspiring Views sites. He spent time walking, talking to people, recording sounds and gazing out at the views. He took his research into the studio to create a sound track for each of the five sites which can be enjoyed whilst sitting on the sculptural benches.
“I’ve tried to create sound pictures for each hill, to represent and to reflect each landscape sonically. Each site has it’s own unique sound world and special atmosphere which I captured with field recordings. On top of this I’ve drawn attention to some particular sonic events – specific birds, cyclists, thunder, rain etc. and engaged myself with the environment by e.g. drumming on a bench, shaking pine cones, snapping twigs, stroking tree bark. To this basis of recorded sounds I have added minimal “musical” parts to reflect the different nature of the hills and my visits. I hope my sound pieces will be a positive addition to the enjoyment of these places for visitors and hope they will encourage people to listen as well as look at these Inspiring Views.” – Graham Dowdall
Xylem located at Gibbet Hill
Listen to Graham’s sound piece inspired by ‘Xylem’ (pictured left) which was created by sculptor Walter Bailey.
Perspectives located at Winterfold
Listen to Graham’s sound piece inspired by ‘Perspectives’ (pictured left) which was created by Giles Miller.
Contour located at Reynards Hill
Listen to Graham’s sound piece inspired by ‘Contour’ (pictured left) which was created by Russell Jakubowski.
Converse located at Holmbury Hill
Listen to Graham’s sound piece inspired by ‘Converse’ (pictured left) which was created by Matthew Burt.
Grains located at Hascombe Hill
Listen to Graham’s sound piece inspired by ‘Grains’ (pictured left) which was created by Sculptor Tom Nicholson Smith.
Graham Dowdall is a musician/sound artist/composer; solo as Gagarin and in acclaimed bands Roshi featuring Pars Radio and Pere Ubu. His solo work is instrumental electronica with influences ranging from contemporary classical to techno. He incorporates field recording as a fundamental building block to create soundscapes often informed by interfaces between the natural and constructed worlds.
Graham was commissioned to create a soundtrack inspired by the views and location from each of the artworks. He created individual pieces as well as joined them all together. The sound pieces are to be enjoyed whilst sitting at the artworks.
His recent album Aoticp received widespread press acclaim and radio play including on Radio3 Late Junction.
He teaches Music Workshop Skills at Goldsmiths College and is active as a deliverer, trainer and consultant on community music projects.