Constructing a river

 

Matilde Meireles

— 20 minutes of sound

Chrysoula Drakaki

— 15 + 15 photographs

Belfast, 2018

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Constructing a river


CHRYSOULA DRAKAKI
— PHOTOGRAPH
MATILDE MEIRELES
— 20 MINUTES OF SOUND
BELFAST, 2018


A binaural recording of a multichannel sound composition by Matilde Meireles. this sonic environment was based on The field recordings collected throughout the project both above and below the river. For a richer spatial experience, please listen with headphones.

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Constructing a River - with Paul Stapleton


CHRYSOULA DRAKAKI
— PHOTOGRAPH
PAUL STAPLETON
— 20 MINUTES IMPROVISATION
BELFAST, 2018


A sound recording of Paul Stapleton improvising with a custom-made metallic tromba marina while listening to Matilde Meireles’ Constructing a River on headphones. The improvisation was recorded in the highly resonant Lagan Weir, underneath the River Lagan in Belfast.

About


Belfast is named after the Irish Béal Feirste, the sandy ford at the river mouth. Water has shaped the city’s industrial development and heritage since its inception as a city in the 1800’s, making the River Lagan an integral part of Belfast’s history, culture and economy.


The Lagan Weir was constructed in the 1990’s to control water levels, and provide the city with recreational water sports and outdoor activities.


Constructing a River was developed in collaboraton. We used photography and field recording to capture details of how the space along the River Lagan has been shaped with different purposes in mind. Constructing a River frames the area between Weir 2 and the mouth of the river. At the centre of this search is the Lagan Weir.


The field recordings and photographs are designed to be experienced together through the book, the postcards, and their digital extension.


Matilde and Chrysoula

Credits



Released by Optophono.com 2018


This project was made possible through the kind support of Recomposing the City, AHRC (the ‘Hearing Trouble’ project), Queen’s University Belfast AEL Research fund, Architecture at queen’s, and the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s university Belfast.


A big Thank you (!) to John Byrne and his team at the Lagan Weir, Gascia Ouzounian, Paul Stapleton, Craig Jackson, and Sarah Lappin. This project was made possible through the kind support of Recomposing the City, AHRC (the ‘Hearing Trouble’ project), Queen’s University Belfast AEL Research fund, and Architecture at Queen’s.


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