Cycle of Sound – Three pairs of cycling shorts

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Cycle of Sound
A community radio sound-art project linked to the Tour de France’s Grand Départ in Yorkshire

We are looking for community radio stations interested in being broadcast partners in the run-up to Le Tour in the first week of July…

Background information
Heads Together Productions was awarded one of the Community Media Association commissions under the Modulate 2014 programme to create collaborative sound art linking three young writers with three sound artists/designers. Heads Together runs two internet-based community radio stations—East Leeds FM and Two Valleys Radio. As Le Tour is leaving from Leeds on Saturday 5th July and heads down one of the Two Valleys (the Holme Valley) on Sunday 6th—it seemed an obvious theme.

Three pairs of cycling shorts
The writers/artists decided to work in pairs with three different takes on Yorkshire and the tour. They are in the final throes of their collaborative efforts and we plan to have all three shorts ready and available for Monday 30th June.

Apart from broadcasting on our own stations, we wondered if other community radio stations might find a slot to use one or all of the shorts; either in full or we can supply clips so that people can then be directed to listen to the full pieces online. Phone interviews with the sound artists/writers can also be arranged if you would like to make a full feature about the work and about the impact of the Tour to communities in Yorkshire.

For more information contact Adrian Sinclair Tel:07973 172433

The three pieces are each differently themed and created as follows:

Inspired by the landscape of the Peak District, this short soundscape by writer Ruby Lawrence and sound artist Ed Heaton immerses the listener in stories, snapshots and memories. ‘Six For Gold’ takes an observant, personal look at the countryside that will soon be teeming with Tour de France activity. An intriguing narrator pulls out tiny tales from in-between rocks to create an experience of Yorkshire that is beautiful, strange…and sometimes disturbing.
Charley Miles and Karen Lauke

“I can see the line in front of me and, suddenly, that familiar sensation is reinstated in my heart. I want to win. I have to win.”

Behind the cyclist that holds the trophy are other cyclists – other professionals – other men who also began as boys with dreams of glory. But at some point in their professional career, they made choices – of necessity or by chance – which meant that they would never be winners. They are the domestiques – the men who ride in the wind for their winner, saving him up to 40% of his energy across a race like the Tour de France.

Take the Wind positions the listener in the hearts and minds of these men in the last few kilometres of a stage of the Tour. The composition features recordings made all around Yorkshire, alongside a palette of abstract sounds produced by recording, striking and bowing parts of a bicycle. Moving and speaking in strategic manoeuvres, and flying by the Yorkshire scenery, the domestiques find the space to tell their stories in the heat of the race: buzzing thoughts beside aching muscles, with barely half a pedal revolution in between.


DO YOU HAVE A BIKE? [working title]
Jasmine Simms and Greta Eacott

The people of Wakefield have responded to one question: do you have a bike? Their responses were genuine, intimate, warm, human.

What’s most striking is the areas of intersection between the individual stories; how they expose a collective unconscious around the subject of bikes.

As a community, we remember our Dads, the sensation of falling, being injured, the importance of place and the feeling of freedom.

Using interview recordings as material for the piece, these narratives become one narrative, centred around the story of a man (photographed) for whom ‘bike’ represents the importance of childhood and family: “we got the money first…then we got a bike”

These stories all touch on the theme of endurance, and our extraordinary capacity to “just do whatever we can really”. The structure of the piece draws inspiration from the natural formations of leading cyclist and peloton found in Tour De France cycling; with gentle shifting between the mass of voices (peloton), and the narrative of our main subject (leader) whose story emerges from out of the crowd.

This short piece uses found sound to explore what it means to have a bike – to be going somewhere – and, perhaps just as important at this time of excitement about cycling and human achievement, what it can mean to be without a bike.

shorts-wakefield man

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