My walk this week was short, cold and through the remnants of Storm Hannah – it was part of a sound and weave workshop I was running over the weekend. The first stage of the workshop was to go round Swansea Marina and listen to the sounds which featured what is known as the Marina Orchestra.
The leading orchestral instruments are the masts and rigging followed by the percussion of clanks and bangs, thumps and gloops of other maritime artefacts and of course the choppy water of the marina itself.
It was wild and cold and although we found a relatively sheltered spot to listen to the “symphony”, when we ventured down to the seafront, we soon decided to turn round and head back as the crescendo and bluster of bass from the crashing wind was too much to bear for more than a few moments.
The purpose of the workshop was to use sound as a starting point for design for tapestry weaving, interpreting the maritime “music” through colour, texture and technique. The students, almost all of whom were new to weaving, did some great work and all thoroughly enjoyed both the sound and weave aspects of the weekend. Putting their new found listening skills to the test on Sunday morning, when the weather had calmed down a bit, allowed us to compare a different piece of music to that of the day before.
Marina Orchestra Soundscape
Click the play button above and then the first image to listen and look through the features of my walk this week.