CAT PRINT

CAT PRINT

A player-piano replays a recording of a cat that walked across the keys 30 years ago. The piece illuminates the death and revivification inherent in all mechanical recording. As the keys visibly repeat the act of being depressed, they reveal the imprint of the live body and follow the negative space of the creature. As with the piano rolls that recoded Rachmaninov playing his own music in 1919, the observer is attending a kind of séance and the random, spontaneous, and unrepeatable elements are extrapolated back to the player and composer as a kind of signature of presence and authenticity.  In Cat Print, the same is true although it is composed (almost) entirely accidentally.

CAT PRINT was shown in the group sound-art show at Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Greenwich, not necessarily in the right order Feb – April 2023

VIDEO CAT PRINT

Lost Chord

LOST CHORD

Lost Chord is a social musical work currently being researched. Sets of organ pipes are carried through the landscape, each pipe resonating with its own voice. It is a relational work at both a sonic and human level with the drift of travel, the constraints of landscape, the labour of the task and the collective process of the group all determining the nature of an unrepeatable band of sound. The work exploits the psychoacoustic effect of the drone on the carrier and the observer alike and inevitably, while taking place in the secular world, has magical and religious resonances.

 Lost Chord is supported by Arts Council England

VIDEO LOST CHORD STUDIO

LINKED

LINKED

Radical Landscapes
25 November 2023
1pm – 6pm

Radical Landscapes
20 January 2024
11am – 4pm

Radical Landscapes
17 February 2024
11am – 4pm

FREE. No booking

Pick-up point for receiver, headphones & map:

Leytonstone Library
6 Church Lane
London E11 1HG

The full sound walk can take several hours to complete. You are welcome to listen in stages and return at your leisure.

Maps given out at the pick-up point indicate accessible public toilets and recommendations for refreshments along the route.

Headsets and receivers can be returned by freepost after doing the walk

 

LINKED is an artistic response to the creation of the M11 Link Road in East London in the 90s which involved the demolition of 400 homes, including Miller’s own, amid dramatic and passionate protest. Launched in 2003, LINKED was originally commissioned by Museum of London and produced by Artsadmin.

LINKED has endured as perhaps the largest sonic installation and sculptural entity in London for 20 years. Since 2003 its transmitters have broadcast over a million times the voices of people who lived or worked in the area impacted by the road.

Along a 3-mile route between Hackney Marshes and Redbridge Roundabout, 20 analogue radio transmitters can be heard by anyone with a special receiver, revealing 60+ voices of people who once lived and worked in the area – resident families, road protestors, railway-workers, teachers, disco-goers, and artists from the substantial community living in houses destroyed by the road. Together the assembly of voices evokes a cross-section of ordinary East London life.

LINKED was intended to remain unseen, an almost secret layer of the geography of the communities where it transmits. It is in perpetual dialogue with the current walker/listener who animates the work with their attention, finding their own narratives and in this sense, it is a social sculpture intended for a dynamic and changing area. Each 8-minute radio composition relays both the details of personal landscapes and the often dramatic events that took place in the area.

The transmitters broadcast on a single frequency and with a receiver the walker is able to navigate the neighbourhoods adjacent to the motorway, finding pools of sound that relate to the specific locations. Over the passage of time this work about the politics and poetry of place has come to reflect issues relating to community, environment and protest and the impact of sudden, top-down developments on people and place.

Over the years some of the transmitters have been lost – to a lorry crashing into a lamppost, to accidentally being taken down by contractors, to weather, time and entropy. Amazingly many have endured. It is not only time to refurbish this work, but time to look at how it works in time and how public art endures or de-commissions itself. For its 20th anniversary year, Graeme is restoring the entire network and making it available to the public via monthly open days and a series of events in 2024, to be announced soon. The first three of these open days are an offsite commission for the Radical Landscapes programme hosted by Morris Gallery.

CREDITS

LINKED was originally an Artsadmin project produced by Judith Knight and Mark Godber and commissioned by Museum of London in 2003. The making of LINKED was generously supported by Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, London Boroughs Grants Committee part of the Association of London Government, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the London Boroughs of Redbridge and Waltham Forest. The restoration of LINKED (2022 – 2024) is supported by Arts Council England.

With thanks to all the many interviewees, production teams and friends involved in developing LINKED and to the researchers who developed the interview content for LINKED (2003): Lucy Cash, Myra Heller, Dan Saul, Michael Sherin, Helen Statman. Original technical design by Simon Beer of Integrated Circles.

Production (2023/24): Steve Wald, Mike Harrison, Lydia Newman, Chris Warner, Vida Vojić, Nikki Tomlinson

Images: Graeme Miller

 

 

Read 2003 Catalogue Essay THE ARITHMETIC of BELIEF by Alan Read

Transmitter Excerpts

Comet in Moominland

Comet in Moominland

Released on Finders Keepers Records, Graeme Miller’s new score for the Film Polski, “fuzzy felt” Moomins follows the adventures of the Moomins as they struggle to deal with apocalyptic events. This adds to the collection of releases on the label of the original TV themes by Graeme Miller and Steve Shill. The score was performed live-to-picture in 2017-18  by Graeme Miller and Jamie Telford at UK venues including Blue Dot Festival, Festival Number 6, Dulwich Picture Gallery and Royal Albert Hall.

 

Re-LINK

Re-LINK

Hear/walk LINKED: Green Man Roundabout Leytonstone
September 2022

Sound Table: The Hall, Leytonstone Library
September 2022

 

For 48 hours Graeme Miller’s seminal radio installation, LINKED will live again. Arguably the largest sculptural entity in the capital, it is comprised of 20 analogue radio transmitters that stretch for 3 miles along the edges of the M11 Link Road in East London marking and re-building the 500 houses demolished for the road. It opened in 2003 as a semi-permanent installation and as part of the collection of the Museum of London.

The transmitters broadcast on a single frequency and with a receiver the walker is able to navigate the neighbourhoods adjacent to the motorway finding pools of sound that relate to the specific locations. Each surviving transmitter has now broadcast more than a million times where the voices of former residents describe and revive the lost spaces. Over 19 years this work about the politics and poetry of place has become increasingly about time itself and the transmitters themselves have suffered its effects making LINKED an almost secret and cult work.

Re-LINK, the first of an annual series of such gatherings, invites the public to collect a receiver and discover the work fully restored. It is a chance for those who know the work to experience it again and for lost narratives to be heard once more. In the afternoon of Saturday 24th in the art deco hall of Leytonstone Library a Sound Table, a rolling studio dialogue will invite a changing mix of former residents, writers, artists, activists, interviewers, interviewees and passers-by to hear each other and consider the themes and shifting meanings of this public work.

Re-LINK is part of Sound Walk September

VIDEO Re-LINK STUDIO