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Dawn Scarfe - Embedded in the Forest

Date uploaded: October 14, 2013

Dawn Scarfe - Embedded in the Forest

Sound Artist Dawn Scarfe has been Embedded Artist in Residence with Forestry Commission England over the past 18 months, exploring England's Public Forest Estate and developing her research, responses and new work.

Dawn has explored large areas of England's Public Forest Estate by rambling and sleeping in over 20 forests and woodlands from Kielder in Northumberland to Trinity Hill in Devon. Through these visits she has investigated how listening produces a sense of scale, distance and duration by focusing on different 'voices' dispersed through forests.

Dawn has developed guerilla-style Bivvy Broadcasts. Streaming ambient sound between the hours of 11pm to 7am, listeners are offered a window into the sound of forests at night. Afterwards small segments of the stream (one minute from each hour) are cut together to make an audio 'time-lapse'. The pilot broadcasts have evoked wonderfully emotive responses from listeners tuning in and will now be continued as an ongoing project.

Click here to listen back and find out how to tune in.

Bumble is an experimental composition for string orchestra. Currently in development the composition will be publicly prresented in spring 2014. The tuning of the piece reflects the sound of bumblebees in flight. Through the process of tuning to bees it is possible to get a sense of how fast a bee's wing moves: a G♯ indicates that it is beating just over 200 times per second. Robert Hooke proposed using violins for this purpose in his work on microscopy, detailed in Micrographia, 1665.

Click here to listen to a short extract of Bumble.

Embedded is a composer and creative artist development programme. Pioneered by Sound and Music and funded by The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Embedded places a selection of composers from a range of disciplines into extended relationships with leading national arts organisations.

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Embedded in the Forest

Dawn is one of two Embedded Artists in Residence with Forestry Commission England. Over the past 18 months Dawn and fellow artist Antoine Bertin have been exploring England's forests and developing work in response to these unique environments. In this special event the artists will present and discuss their work as Sound and Music's first ever Embedded Artists-in-Residence with the Forest Art Works programme.
Thursday 21st November
5.30 - 7.30pm
Cafe Oto Project Space,  1-7 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London - E8 3DL
Click here for more information.

Click here for more information.