My first visits to Broomhill date back to childhood holidays in the 1970s, long before Rinus & Aniet van de Sande's inspired ownership & renovation.  In recent years, I have revisited many times & shown work there in several exhibitions.  But now I wanted to do something in direct response to Broomhill itself, and specifically to the amazing collection of contemporary sculpture which occupies the extensive garden and woodland trail.

"Over the past eight years or so, I have seen the sculpture garden develop and change throughout the seasons. For me the sculptures, whether figurative or not, have a kind of living presence, one which I imagine to assimilate their surroundings and experiences as a secret knowledge which I shall attempt to reveal.

I have attached contact microphones to several of the metal sculptures, which “listen” though their resonant interaction with the ambient soundscape.  Each sculpture brings its own unique colouration and distortion to the sound which is brought back to the exhibition space.

Each day I shall be relaying the live sounds of the garden and mixing them with recordings from previous days, so creating an amalgam of layered sound which will become more intense as the week progresses.

This venture is entirely experimental in that I really don't know how the evolving sound collage will work out - or even if it will work at all!  Whatever happens, I shall have many hours of sound recordings: raw materials to work on over the winter months."

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sound & silence in the listening garden


Here's a condensed version of a 50 minute montage, in which 2 sculptures gather all of the sounds over a whole day, from midnight to midnight.  Beginning with a mix of 40 tracks, the sound slowly builds until 2000 tracks are layered together.   Rain, wind and virtuoso singing, it's all here!


Part of a 24 minute montage which sequences the quietest second in each minute of the day. The clock tick marks the seconds. This 3 minute section covers the hours 5-8am.

all images © martin winfield 2013