Vibe Cube (Live installation recordings)

by Damien Robinson and Stuart Bowditch

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Vibe³ is a sound installation incorporating collected, donated, and archived sounds expressing the “spirit of place”. Anything from wildlife to nightlife, people working to children playing, historical sounds and contemporary noises; hundreds of the sounds that make up the background to life in Essex were collected. Sorted by location, but otherwise left untreated, they are played randomly to create a multi-layered soundscape of each town, with unexpected interactions between recordings from different times and locations; the sound of a handbrake at the end of a strenuous swimming lesson, coins cascading from a till underscore a talk on homelessness, a BBC Essex nature presenter highlights the chirrups of the Colchester Tattoo. Audiences are invited to listen to these ever-changing mixes and also to experience them as 'feelsounds' through NXT speaker technology built into the work.

Archive sounds incorporated into the work were sourced from the Essex Sound Archive. All the artists’ recordings, and sounds contributed by the public for this project, which totalled nearly 14 hours, have been donated to the archive, where they remain as a public resource.

The tracks on this CD are real-time recordings of mixes from the installation, featuring each of the three towns.

Damien Robinson and Stuart Bowditch began collaborating in 2006, drawn together by a mutual interest in sound and accessibility. They create work in places that draw in diverse and new audiences, and projects have been shown on sites including a nature reserve, a music festival, a library and farms. Vibe Cube enabled them to explore new ground through both locations and working practices and to further their work around 'soundscapes' and 'feelscapes'.


released October 10, 2009

Commissioned by Essex County Council in partnership with Commissions East.



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Stuart Bowditch Southend On Sea, UK

Stuart’s work is inspired by location and the people, experiences and objects he encounters there. He is particularly interested in sounds that are associated with place, overlooked and overheard noises of the everyday and highlighting the auditory as a defining factor in how we experience environment - art installations, phone apps, archival records, music, sound tracks to short films. ... more

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