For gat coedmor Whitehead began to make binaural field recordings on his daily cycle ride to his studio. Drawn to field gateways along the route, he began to use these gates as frameworks in which to make recordings of the surroundings, animals and weather. The gates themselves installed with microphones, augment and alter the sensitivity of the recordings and these are then treated as landscapes in which Barnaby Oliver adds accompaniment.
Whitehead and Oliver have collaborated remotely for many years now. Originally using the postal service as a means to exchange material between their relative geographical locations, they have now developed an online process of sharing and altering materials as part of a long term commitment. In 2010 they developed PINGS, a year long process of live exchange from their respective local rivers, using the web as an interface for wide public engagement and as means to accumulate and archive performance material.
In the 90‘s they would meet regularly to perform together and construct spaces with shared materials. They now rarely meet in person and location and concentrate instead on a process of working and responding with an emphasis on materiality and a constant cycle of alteration. Here the work, though referencing discrete locations, becomes so altered that it appears to hover between places…
Last June we installed 2 of the coedmor sound pieces (young ravens with zither and gatewaind banjo) in an old shed on wheels overlooking Frenni Fawr and in the old barn, with speakers above head placed in an old bucket. The exhibition ‘Basic Human Needs’ took place at Blaenffos Permaculture market garden, hosted by Debbie Rees and Julian Mckenny;’The exhibition Basic Human Needs considers as a starting point Chilean ecological economist Manfred Max Neefs’ concept of fundamental human needs, how we try to satisfy those needs and how those needs might be satisfied in a way that is positive for all life.’
Early summer 2014, the gate opposite Coed Cornel
Coedmor is a place i pass through each morning on the way to my studio, either by bike, or on foot.
Coedmor is an area of woodland clinging to the banks of the lower reaches of the Teifi valley.
Dominated by sessile oak, the area is also patch- worked with mixed farming, sheep and cattle grazing.
It is a site of significant scientific interest and a National nature Reserve.
Coedmor is also a hymn by William Arnold.
These pages archive a series of responses, field recordings and drawings made over a year, from passing
Barnaby Oliver adds his live responses to the recordings.