Marc Yeats :: Composer-In-Residence

marc yeatsDIVAcontemporary co-director and Chair, Marc Yeats has been recently appointed as Composer-In-Residence to Yeovil District and Dorchester County Hospitals’ RE-FOUND SOUND: music, memory and place.

Re-found Sound is a new live music collaboration between Yeovil District Hospital Charity (YDHC) and Arts in Hospital at Dorset County Hospital (AiH), supported by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & the Wigmore Hall.

The Composer-In-Residence project runs from December 2015 to July 2016 and will commission an innovative composer to work across the hospitals, researching and exploring the relationship of memory to place resulting in a new piece of contemporary music for broadcast and performance.

Yeovil Hospital has a great arts programme including the provision of music on the wards in an innovative and engaging way, Dorset County Hospital has an important collection of art relating to healing, nature and place and is developing more work with music. It is part of our shared ambition to innovate in enhancing the healing environment for patients, increase participation in the arts and reach new audiences for the arts in unexpected places. 
Re-found Sound is a combination of these areas of joint interest and follows on from YDHC and AiH’s previous work together as part of a consortium of South West acute hospitals, led by Arts and Health South West. This consortium investigated the benefits of the arts on the treatment of cognitive impairment, particularly dementia.

The project is funded by Arts Council England, Dorset County Hospital Charity, Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and South Somerset District Council.

logosMarc says: ‘I’m really excited about creating music in response to my research into Dementia – after some initial meetings in December I shall start work in January and see where it takes me.”



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Sunday 22 November :: sunrise project

NOVsunriseAssociate artists Mandy Rathbone and Eva Fahle-Clouts recorded a glorious sunrise at Kingston Russell Stone Circle.

‘It was a beautiful morning and so still we could hear the flapping of the wings of a flock of small birds as they passed high overhead’.

Mandy Rathbone ::


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Ralph Hoyte at SANCTUM – Theaster Gates – Bristol


Associate artist Ralph Hoyte, at Sanctum, brings his epic completion of Coleridges ‘Christabel’ – CHRISTABEL-RELEASED – to Bristol over 4 days.

Monday 16th to Thursday 10th  November 6-7am

Today, Monday 16th, 12noon to 2pm Ralph also read ‘Hana no Kage/Shadow of a Flower’, his zen-poetic travelogue. A 2005 Arts Council funded trip to Japan to follow in the footsteps of 17th century wanderer poet Matsuo Basho’s ‘Oku no hokomichi’ (The Narrow Road to the Deep North). Listen to Hana no Kage on Bandcamp.

Sanctum hosts a continuous programme of sound over 552 hours, sustained by performers, musicians and bands in a temporary structure within the shell of Temple Church, Bristol. Sanctum is Theaster Gates’ first public project in the UK, produced by Situations, as part of Bristol 2015 European Green Capital.

Thank you to Sanctum and SITUATIONS for giving him the opportunity in such a wonderful space to air both these great works.

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Beyond The Surface :: The Boiler Room, Jam Factory, Oxford

Jam Factory ex1

Associate artist Eva Fahle-Clouts is exhibiting in a group show with Megan Dunford, Rachel Dunford and Marjory Mulrooney – BEYOND THE SURFACE in Oxford. The work looks at the ‘surface’ in all its interpretations as an object, idea, illusion and space.

Exhibition: Tuesday 10 November – Tuesday 8 December 2015
Venue: The Boiler Room, Jam Factory, Oxford OX1 1HU

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PNEM Sound Art Festival 2015


Associate artist David Rogers sound piece ‘Dungeness Tower’ featured in PNEM Sound Art Festival 2015, ‘The Wood Walk Experience’.

PNEM Sound Art Festival 2015
Saturday 14 + Sunday 15 November
The festival is located in Uden in the south of The Netherlands, close to the borders of Belgium (Eindhoven) and Germany (Nijmegen). An international platform of new experimental music, noise and sound installations, acoustic and electronic, performance and visual music made by today’s talent.

‘The Wood Walk Experience’ has grown into an app, which can be heard now on 365 days a year in the nearby woods. The first artists will be: Alan Dunn UK, Barry O’Halloran IE, Bart van Dongen NL, David Prescott-Steed AU, David Rogers UK, Sam Marshall UK, Katherine Trimble USA, Osvaldo Cibils IT, Sandrine Deumier and Alx P.op FR and Simon Perez AR.

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‘this is how a creative person works’

string quartet rigging
“…… rigging of the many ‘parked’ vessels was rattling, banging, tinkling and generally thrashing about in the breeze making the most wonderful sounds – really musical sounds with varied pitches, multi-layered rhythms, whistlings and hums all rather like the composer Ligeti’s mechanisms but without the musical refinement – the sounds were accelerated in speed and pitch according to the wind speed and gust strength. The aural results were quietly symphonic and certainly sparked off [and consolidated] a whole range of ideas that had been in my head about the new string quartet, its structures and sounds”.

Business consultant Charles Lines has been reading associate artist Marc Yeats Composer-in-Residence to the Observatory blogs to identifying some specific aspects of the creative process he employs as a composer and suggests ways in which people (non-musical and musical alike) could develop and use them in their own life and work in his article ‘this is how a creative person works’.

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Cornelius Cardew’s ‘Treatise’ :: in Wimborne on Thursday 29th October

Microsoft Word - Treatise flier.docxAs part of the Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe,  Gerauschhersteller Experimental Music Ensemble are putting on a performance of Cornelius Cardew’s legendary graphic score piece, ‘Treatise’. This is one of the best known graphical musical scores – 193 pages of lines, symbols, and abstract shapes. Cardew’s score is also a work of visual art in its own right. Each performance is unique, as the performers need to agree the rules and approaches they will use to interpret the score. This performance will be given by the Gerauschhersteller Experimental Music Ensemble, and will be accompanied by video projection of the score itself. The date is Thursday 29th October, 7.30 pm, in the Hilda Coles Open Learning Centre, which is behind the Priest House Museum, High Street, Wimborne. Tickets £5 (£3 concs.) on the door.

Adrian Newton

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Sounds of the Neolithic with students from Dorset Studio School

nathan bellsThursday 1st October, associate artists Mandy Rathbone and David Rogers, assisted by Victoria Pirie and Mark Hewitt, led the fourth ‘Sounds of the Neolithic’ sound walk with a group of students from Dorset Studio School at Culliford Tree Barrows, Dorset. Followed by a sound editing and recording workshop back in the Studio School on Friday 2nd October. more ::


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associate artist Mandy Rathbone :: Lunar Eclipse 2015

lunar eclipse

Associate artist Mandy Ratbone was up and about very early again (3am), this time to record the ‘super moon’ lunar eclipse.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes within Earth’s umbra (shadow). As the eclipse begins, Earth’s shadow first darkens the Moon slightly. Then, the shadow begins to “cover” part of the Moon, turning it a dark red-brown color (typically – the color can vary based on atmospheric conditions). The Moon appears to be reddish because of Rayleigh scattering (the same effect that causes sunsets to appear reddish) and the refraction of that light by Earth’s atmosphere into its umbra.[3]

The following simulation shows the approximate appearance of the Moon passing through Earth’s shadow. The Moon’s brightness is exaggerated within the umbral shadow. The northern portion of the Moon was closest to the center of the shadow, making it darkest, and most red in appearance.

Animation September 28 2015 lunar eclipse appearance.gif


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associate artist Nigel Slight :: ‘run rabbit’

run rabbit

bideodromo2015Associate artist Nigel Slight’s video ‘run rabbit’ has been selected for screening at the Bideodromo Festival 2015.

The screenings will take place in BilbaoArte Art Production Center, the Sarean Cultural Center and the French Institute of Bilbao, 11th – 28th September.

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