Written by Sarah Spanton

I thought I might be able to glean some of the verbal responses from audience members to the work in the Hazard festival by making audio recordings. But this proved challenging: it being a busy, noisy city centre on a hot and sunny Saturday. Also I realised that people don’t say much out loud about what they’re feeling/thinking, unless they’re in a couple or group… and then it’s hard (and inappropriate?) to creep up on them and record what they’re saying.

I was struck by how the sounds of the city, street performers, street vendors merged and mixed with the sounds of the performances and the audiences responses. So here’s a sound collage of various audio aspects of the festival.

It’s 4 and half minutes long… an audio commentary on the day.

Hazard Sound-Scape 2014

For anyone who wants a breakdown of what’s happening:

0.00 – 0.30      Do touch the artwork – conversations as people take part

0.30 – 0.47      Stephen Sheehan – Challenging a brick and audience commentary and interaction …

0.47 – 1.26      Audience members describing The Scavengers by Hidden Track Theatre

1.26 – 1.46      Street performer playing electric guitar

1.46 – 2.04      Stephen Sheehan – Challenging a brick and audience commentary and interaction …

2.04 – 2.32      Lifeboat – drumming accompanying the Lifeboat journey

2.32 – 3.40      Top Joe in conversation with a stranger

3.40 – 4.04      Florist street vendor with Carboot Disco Bingo in the background

4.04 – 4.34      Stephen Sheehan – Challenging a brick and audience commentary and interaction …

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Image credits:  Hidden Track Theatre Theatre /Hazard

Carboot Disco Bingo / Hazard

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