Local musician and BRAG member Doug Benford has created a sound installation, with sculptor Rob Olins, that is currently up in the Riverside Gallery at the Watermans Art Centre until 23rd November.
The work comprises a series of acoustic mirrors and speakers created by Rob that are arranged in such a way as to create a soundscape through which the audience can navigate. The sound is focused all around you when you stand in the right spot.
This show features purely sounds from Brentford and environs which Doug has been gathering over the years: from sparrows (rather rare now!) and other birds, the musical and steam museums, the market, the sounds under/from umpteen bridges, planes, lawn mowers, the various trains including steam trains, fireworks, bats, church bells, the football stadium, footsteps in the snow, parks, building works, to other river/canal sounds.
Dough said “it’s a nice ‘snapshot’ of Brentford today, with many of its hidden quirks, I think”.
Previously Rob and Doug have had similar shows – again using sounds from specific areas – in Swansea (featured on BBC Radio Wales), Clacton-On-Sea, Stroud and Chelmsford, as well as smaller installation in South Kensington and Shoreditch.
The artists will both be there for a ‘special viewing / listening’ on Wednesday 13th Nov, from 6.30-8.30pm; do come down then if you like, for a drink in the next door bar, or visit anytime.