Chris Watson: A Winter's Tale

  • 1 April 2004 - 24 February 2005

A Winter’s Tale brought together tenantspin with award winning sound recordist Chris Watson who worked in residence in the Sefton Park tower blocks during winter 2004 and composed two parallel forty-minute soundscapes in collaboration with residents. The tracks comprise live recordings, following the periods of mid-afternoon, sunset and late evening.

A Winter’s Tale brought together tenantspin with award winning sound recordist Chris Watson. Watson worked in residence in the Sefton Park tower blocks during winter 2004 and composed two parallel forty-minute soundscapes in collaboration with residents. The tracks comprise live recordings, following the periods of mid-afternoon, sunset and late evening, in two contrasting locations. Sefton Park documents the atmosphere of the park as night falls: the distinctive sounds of the tawny owl calling and the rustle of the bushes as foxes make their away across he park. The Mersey, by contrast, charts the sounds of the city centre from the point of view of the commuter, homeward bound via the Albert Dock listening to the sound of shops closing, nightlife starting and the rhythmic slap of the river Mersey against the ferry quay after the last sailing. Rich in textures, rhythm and detail they draw the listener into worlds that are both familiar and unusual.

The residency culminated on 24 February 2005 with the live transmission of the work in the tower blocks where the participants live. The soundscapes are now permanently available through the community cable network installed in the 16-storey blocks. Every tenant can tune into the soundtracks and listen via their TV whilst looking out at the city and the park through their double-glazed view.

 

Credits: FACT, Arena Housing Association, Arts Council England

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