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a sound design double bill

The Foley Explosion + Life/Time

Wed 6 June 2018 // 19:30

Tickets: £8 adv / £10 on the door

The Foley Explosion is an immersive storytelling show about Russia; an alternative spy thriller featuring live Foley sound effects and looping technology in sound worlds that conjure a movie in the mind. This solo show brings to life experiences of a year spent in Russia and features disinformation, fake news and cameos from the intelligence community past and present: Edward Snowden, Grigori Rasputin and Alexander Litvinenko.

"The twists and turns of a cold war spy thriller... amplified heels, slamming doors and metronomic toys are looped in such a way as to create a found sound symphony." – ★★★★ The Herald

Julie Rose Bower is a Lecoq-trained theatre maker and live artist creating feminist, sound-led performance and installations. Recent work includes LGBTQ Heritage Open Days commission Joe Meek – 304 Holloway Road, a storytelling trail of audio installations and building projection onto the site of Joe Meek’s 1960s independent recording studio.


Life/time: Rhythmanalysing working life is a performance made from the body rhythms of 3 people overlaid with the rhythms of the working day.

Yas Clarke (sound artist), Eleanor Fogg (performance artist) & Dr Harry Pitts (academic) used widely available self-quantification devices and apps to collect data over a week in their working lives. They monitored heart beats, blood sugar, the flicker rate of strip lighting, the frequency of emails popping into inboxes and the steps taken to and from work, the whirr of a photocopier and the screech of an electric guitar, the data blackout of a weekend that never ends and the detailed recording of every cup of tea and toilet break.

The performance has been made over a month of weekly 'band practices' to finding ways to sonify and perform the data, using tempo to zoom in and out of relationships between the rhythms on different scales. This is a prototype performance & a first try, let us know what you think.

Supported with Seedcorn funding from Brigstow Institute, University of Bristol.