esther ainsworth | e_s_t




| balfron listening |




recording project and sound installation work exhibited in conjunction with open house weekend, london festival of architecture and supported by bow arts trust

prior to the re-development of balfron tower in 2016, esther was granted a live/work residency on the top floor of the building, where she created a series of sonic studies responding to the interior and exterior environment of the building.

the piece ‘balfron listening’, is the re-imagining of the urban environment through the ears of the iconic tower block itself, capturing the rhythms and pulsations underpinning a unique sense of place and identity.

recordings were collected at several different points, north, south, east and west via a series of microphones activated by the movement of the sun as it moved around the building from sunrise to sunset.

the project started out as an audio diary, collecting recordings at various times of day and different locations around the building.

an installation of the work in progress was shown as part of london festival of architecture in 2014, inviting visitors to an abandoned apartment within the building. the outside world invited to permeate the concrete walls and reconfigure inside the rooms of the apartment, creating an installation defined by the acoustics of the interior space.

during her residency time, esther also worked with london urban visits to host a number of social events to celebrate the tower and it’s significance, as well as producing her own series of micro-residencies for artists to join her for collaborative research and practice.

to mark the re-development of balfron tower and it’s subsequent launch onto the property market in 2020, the culmination of this work as a final edited composition will be available in the coming months.

full documentation of the work and research of this project can be requested via the artist.





| play excerpt from balfron listening |

full sound portfolio can be found here:

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| projects and works to date....




| cwnd |

| respire in e, d and f |

| new work - lexi |

| warrington voices |

| balfron listening |

| bridge links |

| bridge soundings |

| parallel relay |

| in bloom |

| drive-in sound |

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