.. alot of progress has been made and enjoyment had by the Flut-ter-ers towards the project aim of creating site responsive ‘sound poems’ for the Great Lines since I last wrote (hang in there it’s a long one & make some comments).  We’ve continued to meet and communicate..the group shrinking and swelling between 6 to 11 participants.

The Flut-ter-ance on the 19th June sparked a conversation about moving away from reading the phonetic sounds off the page that had been put together fairly randomly and playing more with the sounds in relation to the place and our experience of the place.  So I invited the core group to ‘write’ individual Flut-ter-ances using the phonetic descriptions of the birds we’ve been using.

The following week & another glorious evening, 11 of us gathered amongst the Mipits & long grass full of clicks and Flut-ter-ed the 6 resulting compositions, it was great to have additional voices and I was overwhelmed by the thought & input from everybody, each one unique.  It’s beautiful being immersed in these sessions with everyone so focused on making the sounds, gathered around the microphone, enjoying being in the wide open space where the Lines plateaus out, a mixture of amazement and pleasure in the whole experience together.  You could really hear the different responses emerging from each piece (you can listen on the recordings page where Mike’s put all the field recordings)…Sue has been searching for the exact phonetic description with which to utter her response and I’m looking forward to her further exploration of these beautiful sounds at our next Flut-ter-ance…Steve based his on the song of the sky lark (we’ve been lucky enough to see and hear them several times now) which we took at an exhilirating pace.  I wonder what effect our Flut-ter-ances have on the wildlife population??!  Peter illustrated his Flut-ter-ance with a musical intro lovely drawings of the actual birds – great rhythms there.  Keith developed a narrative and characterisation that has stuck with me – I now view pigeons in a very different light!  I’ve been introducing new phonetic sounds that I hope evoke a sense of the landscape & other elements like the wind, insects etc..  It was excellent to have so many voices this time.

The environment of the Lines obviously changes depending on the time of  day also the changes of the season seem to rapidly affect the landscape along with the changes made by man management each time I visit, not sure if it’s possible to make a definitive response when the place is in constant flux ..meanwhile am enjoying the continuous challenge this offers and  the individual responses that are emerging from our exploration.  What does anyone else think about this?

There was a picnic Flut-ter-ance planned for the 7 July but the mere mention of the P word brought torrents of rain upon us.  We rescheduled for this week and met on the Lines with our p*c*i*c* hidden in bags – but the sniff of a snack was enough to bring a tempest..luckily Sue & Keith offered us shelter and an indoor feast and a gorgeous garden to Flut-ter in once the rain had blown over…wonderful..Keith also played Jeremy Taylor’s Parliament of Fouls from his amazing vinyl collection – check it out if you can us Flut-ter-rers will definitely identify with some of those sounds plus it’s hysterical.

I’ve been wondering how to round off this period of research & development (comments & suggestions welcome), perhaps we should invite someone to lead a final summer walk?.  Before taking time over autumn and winter to develop a wider project for 2010, that I hope the first flut-ter-ers will consider being involved with.

It seems likely that we’ll do 2 more Flut-ter-ances (??), for the next one (29th or 31st July TBC) we’ve discussed developing our Fluts further and including directions of the group to achieve the sounds and rhythms we’re looking for whilst maintaining the enjoyment and amazement..

I would also like to invite somebody that interprets music/sound for the deaf to join us at some point to see if they would be able to interpret our sounds…more later

Am waiting to hear back about the Listening Device that has been unearthed at the Lower Lines..

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