Award-winning sound artist and composer Kaffe Matthews has created The lock shift songs, a new sonic installation commissioned by the Canal & River Trust and IF: Milton Keynes International Festival 2014.
The installation will premiere at the Festival and run for the entire 10 days (18 - 27 July), located within a shopping unit in centre:mk.
Inspired by the Grand Union Canal - which connects London and Milton Keynes - the development of The lock shift songs has engaged waterway communities and canal users, as well as workers and volunteers based in the Canal & River Trust’s Milton Keynes head office.
Having collected sounds (including from under the water in the canal) and stories in her 80 mile walk along the Grand Union from London to Milton Keynes, Kaffe has written songs - recorded by singers from the Milton Keynes area - and created a 36-channel composition that will emanate through a series of large 'sonic beds’ that people can lie in.
These sonic beds will vibrate and pulse to the surrounding soundscape thereby creating a sense of flowing and moving water, providing a fully immersive and sensory experience for the visitor to the installation.
Read more about Kaffe here.
The lock shift songs is also part of the Canal & River Trust's ‘Arts on the Waterways’ programme and is supported by Arts Council England.
Additional support from centre:mk and Milton Keynes Arts Centre
Date & Time 18-27 July 2014
10am - 7pm each day
Venue centre:mk (Shopping Centre) MK9 3EP
Entrance is opposite Door 10 of centre:mk, near the Open Market and TKMaxx