False Memories are a series of poems written by J.M.Fox.
Each poem takes the inner monologue of the protagonist and develops the thought process that goes through his or her mind.
'The Actor' the second of these poems takes the internal, intimate thoughts of a professional actor, as he returns to his small hometown.
Paul Dibley has used 'The Actor' as a basis for a piece of radio art. It has become an exploration of human utterance and computer generated voices. The text is all spoken by computer - including the accents.
This piece develops the colliding of artificial utterances (sounding 'real') and the surrounding recordings of processed human voice (sounding 'unreal').
The text is by J M Fox
Moving from human utterance to a dystopian
wild landscape, natural sounds are interspersed with a range of sorrowful
sonorities, eking out and building on the misery of the soundscape. Brief
gestural sections punctuate the evolutions, allowing the composition to move
into different textural realms. Material was recorded at Lake Vyrnwy (Llyn Efyrnwy in Welsh).
This work can be seen as a sonic protest 'song'. Lake Vyrnwy was created to bring clean water to the city of Liverpool and was one of many reservoirs built (flooding valleys and drowning villages) in Wales during the 19th and 20th centuries. The locals and Welsh MPs were rarely consulted and the decision was made from on high by the British Government. This reached a pivotal momentin the 1960s with 'Cofiwch Dryweryn', a graffitied stone
wall in Llanrhystud, Wales. Meic Stephens
originally painted the words onto the wall in the early 1960s following
the decision by the Liverpool City Council to flood the Tryweryn Valley
to create a reservoir. This was the beginnings of the Welsh Nationalist movement.
PAUL DIBLEY BIOG
Paul Dibley is a Welsh composer and sonic artist, and is also Principal Lecturer in Music and Programme Lead for Media Arts at Oxford Brookes University, UK.
He is Co-Director of the Sonic Art Research Unit and co-founder of the Audiograft festival.
In 2003 Paul completed a PhD in Musical Composition at the University of Birmingham, UK, where he studied with Professor Jonty Harrison. As well as composing electroacoustic compositions (often specializing in using the human voice), he creates compositions for instruments and live electronics. Recent projects include working with Okeanos, Jane Chapman and Jos Zwaanenburg.
Just a short clip of a project I am currently working on :) Should be finished soon(ish)...