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    This short film includes spoken word and vocal performance, and harmonium. These are layered with field recordings and underwater recordings made in and around Rhayader in June 2012. The traditional song Banks of the Ohio, included as a tribute to Rhayader-born Maralene Powell, has been reworked into Where the Waters Flow Down which was recorded in Rhayader's Community Museum gallery, played back and then re-recorded several times, in a process developed by experimental composer Alvin Lucier in 1969. In each recording, Laurens added a new layer of harmony. Each verse you hear in the film soundtrack is taken from a successive recording, the original sound signal transforming into a soundscape generated by acoustics response of the gallery. Laurens has made a number of works exploring ways of capturing and representing the specific acoustics of places and spaces: in untitled: Holy Hiatus (ongoing), Capeli Dyffryn Teifi: Acoustic Fingerprints, and More Than Raiment at Capel y Graig, Furnace; also using the voice, and song, as a means of listening to, and within, place.

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  • Finding Rhayader Play all

    Audio visual installation for Rhayader Museum.

    http://www.findingrhayader.co.uk
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  • More than Raiment Play all

    This experiment uses a recording process developed by Alvin Lucier. The process, through a sequence of recording, playing back the recording and re-recording the playback, layers the resonant frequencies of the space. In the final recording, the acoustics of the chapel have become a determining compositional factor, affecting all the sounds of the performed music, rendering some audible, some inaudible, and creating new, rich and varied sounds from those performed.

    Unlike Lucier, in whose work I am sitting in a room only the first recording documents a performance, I set out to record a new voice part with each re-recording, making six recordings for the six-part arrangement. Musically, this was challenging, as the recorded voice and piano became increasingly hard to follow, a wash of sound.

    As an artist/composer, I am interested to explore how chance operations, can become compositional devices, and function as ways to re-experience traditional compositional structures. In this work, attentional dynamics and acoustics are the chance operations which work upon the performance and recording of a harmony song accompanied by piano.

    As a performer, I am interested in meditation and action and the attempt; in the particular qualities of attention generated by practising impossible tasks; and in the implications that these have for performance and how we understand performance. In untitled: Holy Hiatus, an annual 6 hour performance which also utilises Lucier's process, I attempt to sing with the recording of my performance the previous year (this of course being an attempt to sing with the recording of the year before that): my rule is to sing only if can catch the very moment that I begin to sing on the recording, like a surfer catching a wave. Previously, I have performed a duet with a record of Mair Evans singing Mi Glywaf Dyner Lais while her voice was gradually lost in a wave of sound coming from many other looped records played simultaneously by Jacob Whittaker.

    The music is based on Consider the Lilies by Robert Topliff. Topliff (1793 -- 1868), a composer, arranger and editor, was also blind. He was a professional musician all his life, and organist of Holy Trinity, Southwark, London. I took phrases and fragments of his song for solo voice and piano and from them created a repetitive rhythmic song for six voices and a piano. The brief was to work with Consider the Lilies, the text relating to the theme of 'skin'; and to create a work in six parts, so that one recording could be released each day.
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  • Experiments in Visible Voice: Portraits Play all

    • Vanya - Duration: 35 seconds.

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    • Suzanne - Duration: 41 seconds.

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    • Olwyn - Duration: 81 seconds.

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    • Manon - Duration: 77 seconds.

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    • Emily - Duration: 53 seconds.

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    • Cat - Duration: 54 seconds.

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    • Carol - Duration: 46 seconds.

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  • Capeli Dyffryn Teifi Play all

    Fideo o'r prosiect Capeli Dyffryn Teifi. Yn gynnwys echdynion cyngherddau yn Gapel Bethania, Aberteifi ac yn y Canolfan y Celfyddydau Aberystwyth. 2008

    Video from the Capeli Dyffryn Teifi project. Includes extracts from concerts at Bethania Chapel Cardigan and Aberystwyth Arts centre. 2008.
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  • Uploads Play all

    • Marion - Duration: 21 seconds.

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    • Sam - Duration: 48 seconds.

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    • Emily - Duration: 53 seconds.

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    • Olwyn - Duration: 81 seconds.

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    • Clare - Duration: 51 seconds.

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    • Helen - Duration: 42 seconds.

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    • Manon - Duration: 77 seconds.

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    • Suzanne - Duration: 41 seconds.

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    • Vanya - Duration: 35 seconds.

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    • Mina - Duration: 25 seconds.

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    • Cat - Duration: 54 seconds.

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    • Linda - Duration: 38 seconds.

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