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WFoS Performance / Unsettled and Oversensitive / Martin Parker

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Unsettled and Oversensitive is a walking piece for mobile phone performed by Martin Parker in a forest near his home.

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Unsettled and Oversensitive is a walking piece for mobile phone. The music leverages onboard sensing devices available on most phones to turn the listener into the performer of the piece. The application counts your steps and detects your heading and uses this information to traverse a series of settings or states controlling a very unstable synthesis system.

As you walk around, each step changes the state of the sound synthesis engine. Turning and changing direction moves one or more of the many layers of the piece into the front centre of the headphones.

Walking in nature has become one of the most essential and therapeutic aspects of surviving lockdown for many. Listening and attending to the sound of the world around us has been proven to aid relaxation and mindful attentiveness. Unsettled and Oversensitive offers a counterpoint to these well-trodden themes. It takes as its starting point an alternative view of nature much more closely aligned with other chaotic systems (such as the chaotic oscillator systems that you hear in this piece).

Most complex systems are way beyond our individual control, almost impossible to fathom or comprehend their purpose or plan. Imagine zooming in a little closer to the nature around you and seeing the dizzying complexity, noise, randomness and single-minded purpose of the creatures and elements in their interactions with one another. This is the sound world that Unsettled inhabits.

For this festival, Martin will perform with the app and mix this with the real-time sound of a forest near Berwick-Upon-Tweed where I live.

A composer, improviser and soloist with laptop, Martin Parker's work focuses on encounters between computers, people and places. Based in Edinburgh, he has performed and collaborated internationally with theatre companies, symphony orchestras, visual artists and ensembles; recent projects include ‘Songs for an airless room’, an 'opera' for cinemas performed by Joby Burgess and Phil Minton.

www.tinpark.com

Walking Festival of Sound is a transdisciplinary event exploring the role of walking through and listening to our everyday surroundings. It combines a number of free and public events including walking performances and walking seminars. Walking Festival of Sound facilitates a meeting point for an international network of practitioners and researchers interested in sound and walking. Through diverse events we explore how walking and listening practices can augment and challenge the way we perceive, navigate through, and care for our shared environments.

The Walking Festival of Sound 2021 is kindly funded by the European Cultural Foundation's Culture of Solidarity Fund.

The program of events is organised and curated by Jacek Smolicki and Tim Shaw.

http://wfos.net/

The performance will take place on YouTube, a link will be sent to ticket holders shortly before the beginning of the event.

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