and Andrew Hodson
contact between feet and the floor is the moment of the dance, the constant
relationship of gravity, body and earth. The sound of soles and toes
beating against or brushing the floor is something that the audience
usually only experience as an undertone, concealed by the regular beat
of music, as their attention is taken up by the spectacle.. DtArNaCcEe
is the sound of the dance: then the wheel turns and the recordings are
(re)composed into music and returned to the dancers.'
is a field recording of the sounds of the dancers and dance classes
performing on location at Dance City (Newcastle-upon-Tyne). The sounds
were (re)composed into DmAuNsCiEc by Andrew Hodson.
Alec was commissioned by Dance City to produce a new work of art in
response to the opening of the new dance centre on Temple Street –
a work which would capture the essence of the old Dance City while at
the same time creating an exciting work which could integrate with the
new architecture. The proposal that Alec conceived was to record the
sounds of dancers feet as they trained and performed. He approached
the Newcastle based composer and sound artist Andrew Hodson to collaborate
on the project. The final work is being realised as a permanent jukebox
with a 'top forty' dance tracks. Andrew has used these found sounds
for a (re)composition, DmAuNsCiEc. This bricollage is accompanied
by an animated poem Alec composed in response to watching the dancers
perform; now available as a CD in the latest bookscape.
The jukebox will be installed spring 2006 and the bookscape
will be released 8 February 2006.
' The floors of the Dance City studios are vinyl and this made for
a range of quirky squeaks and rasps. I played with these, manipulating
and adding a light filter, producing an effect similar to an old moog
synthesiser. I ended up with over 1,000 squeaks and squelches and all
the melodic and bass notes are percussive'
from the field recording
Laura Harrington © 2005
extract from DtArNaCcEe DmAuNsCiEc
© Alec finlay and Andrew Hodson © 2006
Musical compositions © Andrew Hodson © 2006
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