Fuel, Roundhouse and King’s Cultural Institute present
this podcast by Paul Clark in collaboration with Bill Brewer featuring Chris Allan on Cello
Monday 28 January 2013
This is a 10 minute piece of music for cello, banjo and (as the lead instrument) 150 voicemails, intended to be listened to on headphones.
It is a reflection on those relatively short moments - at a bus stop or in a waiting room – where we can steal a few minutes to reflect, let our minds wander, make up a tune, work something out.
Or we can check our electrical devices.
This piece is not simply a lament for the loss of contemplative, introspective space, but it is a reflection on how this new way of filling time has a different structure and, ultimately, a different meaning. Bill and I talked about how the content of experience changes the way we link one moment to another and this piece is a kind of embodiment of that discussion.
It is, in one way, an impression of ten minutes passing, at first alone and then in the company of one’s own and other people’s phones - with all the potential for banality, communication, love, surprise, and repetition this can bring. You can also read it as a metaphor for a whole life (or even a culture) getting itself entangled in a world rich with information.
Thanks to the dozens of people who allowed their voicemails to be used in this recording.
While You Wait podcasts
This is the first of a new series of podcasts launched today exploring the concept of waiting, with one of four ‘listening stations' - specially designed stations where people can listen to the podcasts - to be based at King’s Cultural Institute.
Each podcast is a different meditation on the idea of waiting and
from February they will be released on the last Monday of every month.
Featuring a range of artists and academics, the initiative, While You Wait, is
presented by King’s Cultural Institute, progressive theatre producers, Fuel,
The listening stations, designed by artist Barnaby Stone, will be touring the UK throughout the year. From today, King’s will have a listening post in the Entrance Hall at the Strand Campus, opposite the Great Hall, for three months. It will then move to other King’s campuses throughout the year.
tv Review: Miranda Hart and co deliver the festive goods
tvReview: Older generation get hot under the collar this Christmas
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 The political parties aren't all the same – which means 2015 will be a 'big-choice' election
- 2 President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
- 3 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 4 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 5 Naomi Wolf reacts to Isis 'conspiracy theories' critism after she questions whether beheading videos are real
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
Downton Abbey Christmas special 2014, review: Love is everywhere, actually
The golden age of TV comedy is here
The Boy in the Dress, TV review: David Walliams' Boxing Day treat is a celebration of being different
From Marvel to Star Wars: The rise of cinema’s shared universes
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Katie Hopkins speaks out on childhood obesity: 'Parents of fat children should be prosecuted for child cruelty'