open studio :: vintage teaset mix


Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th and Monday 25th August 10am – 4pm

DIVAcontemporary associate artists Mandy Rathbone and David Rogers will be presenting
a curated programme of audio works collected during the ‘listening walks’ and their own individual explorations into the absorbing world of acoustic ecology and sound art.
Vintage Teas available on Sunday 24th and Monday 25th.
Podcast available Monday 25th from 4pm
on DIVAcontemporary radio.

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‘. . . a refreshing antidote to the usual ‘classical music’ concert’.

Sonic Coast 1

The first in our series of Contemporary Classical Music Concerts in West Dorset – Sonic Coast [1] – took place at the end of July. It was a beautiful summer evening and those who attended enjoyed classical music on their doorstep in a unique setting.

Sonic Coast [2] will take place in The Hub, Lyme Regis on 30th August.
Tickets booked in advance are just £5, with students and Under 16s free.
Places are limited so book now.

Review of Sonic Coast [1] by Mark Hewitt

DIVAContemporary’s opening concert in their ‘Sonic Coast’ contemporary music series proved to be a refreshing antidote to the usual ‘classical music’ concert. The series, curated by composer Marc Yeats, is bringing contemporary music to new audiences in Dorset and this first concert, given in the unusual venue of ‘The Big Shed’, Hooke Park Wood, featured Stephen Upshaw (viola) and Calie Hough (percussion).

The well-balanced programme featured a mixture of contemporary classics and new pieces written especially for the occasion. American composer, Frederic Rzewski’s “To The Earth” for a kind of ‘flower-pot gamelan’ and speaker, was heard against the rhythmic counterpoint of the cooling wooden shed’s clicks and creaks; there was Benjamin Graves’ colourful and attractive exploration of folk melodies: ‘Perfect Straights’; Jay Cappernauld’s intense and muscular solo viola work ‘External: Internal’ (written especially for this opening concert); German composer, John Strieder’s ‘message’ – a meditative exploration of time and sonority and Darren Bloom’s virtuoso ‘tour-de-force’ ‘pull’ for percussion solo. The concert concluded with Marc Yeats’ “beyond this [all had been chaos]“  – a rich essay in extended techniques for viola in dialogue with a highly energized percussion part.

The emotional heart of the concert was a powerful performance of Berio’s classic work for viola, percussion and tape ‘Naturale’. Using field recordings of Sicilian folksong, Berio uses the viola and percussion to punctuate, comment upon and transform the folk material. The piece has poignant political overtones as when the plangent viola music is shattered with the sounds of machine-gun fire, followed by an exody of tolling bells.

The fearlessness of the performers and the quality of their performances kicked off the concert series in the best way possible.

link to live recordings of the concert:


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Portesham summer sound walk

potesham landscape

This weekend saw the last in the studio’s seasonal sound walks and editing workshops, for the Portesham and Abbotsbury area of the South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership project.

Link to Saturdays walk documentation:

Thank you to everyone who took part in the first round of sound walks.

For further details about the 2013/14 walks and news of the next round of walks go to:

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Sonic Coast[2] at The Hub :: tickets available now


zero theorem :: Laura Wolk-Lewanowicz [soprano] – Chris Goodman [clarinets]
Patrick Tapio Johnson[violoncello]

performing music by:
David Dies [USA] – Benjamin Graves [UK] – Jenni Pinnock [UK] – John Strieder [DE - WP] – Simon Cummings [UK] – D. Edwrards Davis [USA] Nedyalka Dimitrova [BG] Stephen Mark Barchan [UK] Antonis Anestis [GR - WP] – Marc Yeats [UK]

tickets: £5 adults – [£7 on the door] students and under sixteen years FREE. available from DIVAcontemporary in advance.

further details


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framework radio edition dedicated to Joe Stevens


a special edition of framework dedicated to the life and work of long time supporter, contributor, and friend, joe stevens, who passed away last week after a battle with pancreatic cancer. his influence on this program will not be forgotten.


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[STR 012] WLD 2014 – Fragility

all six ablums

Miguel at Sonic Terrain is releasing this years set of six recordings for World Listening Day 2014 online, including associate artist David Rogers track ‘escalator’ on [STR 012] WLD 2014 – Fragility

World Listening Day 18th July 2014


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BBC R4 :: Soundscapes ‘enhance environment’


The issue of the soundscapes that we experience in the environments that we live in is being raised today in what the Acoustic Ecology Movement is calling World Listening Day.

Sounds surround us all the time and can make it hard to follow conversations in noisy restaurants or offices, but equally sound can paint a beautiful picture and enhance our experience of our environment.

As part of World Listening Day, the movement has asked people to take some time out and concentrate on how our streets or workplaces sound.

The BBC’s arts correspondent, David Sillito, went on two “soundwalks” in Norfolk and London to talk about acoustic ecology.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Thursday 18 July 2013.

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Joe Stevens :: imminent at every window [download]


As a fitting tribute to Joe Stevens, a great friend, co-director, associate artist, dedicated sound collector and creative spirit – download Joe Stevens latest release on the Greenfield label.

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DIVAcontemporary :: Sound mapping the South Dorset Ridgeway

SDRLP-project-on-aporeeOn the weekend of 2nd and 3rd August DIVAcontemporary will be running the final South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership project seasonal sound walk covering the Portesham and Abbotsbury area. Follow for news of the next series of sound walks and sound editing workshops.

These participatory sound walks and sound editing workshops have offered members of the public a unique opportunity to experience the South Dorset Ridgeway in a new and exciting fashion – highlighting the aural over the usual visual focus.

Since the inaugural walk in October 2013 a vast archive of sound has been built up, capturing the acoustic environment in numerous participant field recordings, to transport listeners through the different seasons along the Ridgeway. The archive incorporates straightforward, unaltered field recordings, as well as others involving participant interventions in the landscape.

Sounds from the project are also being incorporated into two user-mediated GPS triggered Apps located in the Abbotsbury and Portesham Ridgeway areas, to be built and published in the summer of 2015 by our partners SATSYMPH, which will be available for download to walkers and visitors to the area to explore and experience ‘in the field’.

Additionally, the ‘Sounds of the Neolithic’ Ridgeway sounds project, undertaken with young people from Colfox school, generated discussion, photography and field recordings. This culminated in an audio visual installation, a podcast and recorded interviews, based around their sound walk and sound recordings, presented at the DIVAcontemporary Open Studio on Saturday 14th June 2014. Followed by a special presentation to parents, teachers and school governors on the evening of Thursday 26th June.

Outcomes from these projects can be accessed as follows:

aporee maps

radio broadcast

downloadable podcasts

open studio events


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World Listening Day :: The Tolpuddle Pilgrimage with STIR magazine

STIRmapFriday 18th July 10am – 4pm
Abbotsbury summer seasonal sound walk [part2]
Associate artists Mandy Rathbone and David Rogers will be joining Jonny Gordon-Farleigh (STIR magazine) and his companions for the penultimate day of their 10 day pilgrimage from Plymouth to Tolpuddle. Meeting the walkers on the Abbotsbury to Portesham section of the Ridgeway, Mandy and David will be collecting interviews, soundbites and field recordings to compile into a podcast for download from DIVAcontemporary radio. If you wish to join us please contact Mandy and David on for further details.
Part of World Listening Day 2014.



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