esther ainsworth | e_s_t

| bridge links |


site specific installation commissioned by camden 'new wave' festival november 2013

in partnership with camden council and the english folk dance and song society at cecil sharp house


over a period of 50 days, field recordings were collected at locations along locations of the regents canal from primrose hill to kings cross. 

towpath users were invited to help in the creation of the work by contributing their own sound recordings via mobile phone or online. 

the recordings were used to create a sound composition which was installed beneath the canal bridges of the regents park canal, using the bridges and water to reflect the sound and create an acoustic chamber for those who stopped to listen.

the sound clips were then reworked using a series of perameters and loops set in generative software to create gestures, patterns and rhythms, inspired by elements of traditional canal song.

prior to begining this project, esther studied the history of canal song at the vaughan williams memorial library at cecil sharp house.

the project considered the canal and the bridges along it as both a physical and virtual network between the people and places of the borough of camden.

following the festival, the culmination of work was exhibited twice in cecil sharp house as part of the launch of the new foyer and lift utilitiy for people to experience as they moved around the building.

more information about this project is available on request via the artist.


| play excerpt from bridge links |

full sound portfolio can be found here:

| soundcloud portfolio |


| 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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