Score Valley, Ilfracombe

Score Valley

Absent but not Forgotten have created new work for Ilfra Expo based on our recent visit and stay in Ilfracombe’s Score Valley.
You can see the work at the Olde Thatched Inn, Hillsborough Road, Ilfracombe, EX34 9PG  from 14/07/13 – 04/08/13.

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Join us 11am – 1pm Ilfracombe Museum, and 7pm – 9pm at The Olde Thatched Inn
Come and be photographed as a Ghost-in-a-sheet with artists, Kathryn and Jacob (Absent but not Forgotten) and join our spooky online gallery of spectres!

See more from our ghost gallery here.

Whistle Quietly

Absent but not Forgotten: ‘Who is this who is coming?’
(Technical processes)

The installation for Oriel Davies consists of 2 main elements; A video presented on the vintage television and a 4 channel sound work allied to the table setting.  Derived from the incidental audio within the breakfast scene, the sound emanating from the table is presented as 2 separate stereo works. A number of techniques and ideas were used in its production.

First of all the scene was examined to identify all of the sounds that contain no dialogue – the silences between words; cutlery on crockery; sounds of the professor eating etc. were extracted and placed in a time-line. While the volume was increased, the durations and relative positions of these clips were maintained to keep the random rhythmic structure of silences within the scene.

The very short, sharp sounds of cutlery and crockery were extracted and condensed to remove the gaps in between and create a single sample. This was then treated using software dedicated to time-stretching, changing the 4 second sample into 4 minutes. This element in the overall sound is the more musical, orchestral, composed sounding piece. The musical tonal qualities coming from the ringing sound of the original samples.

The clip of condensed sounds of the cutlery and crockery was added a second time and time-stretched to 15 seconds, this time allowing the samples to pitch shift with the duration change. Finally the unprocessed, individual cutlery and crockery samples were reintroduced to the time-line and scattered randomly throughout the time-line, repeating to spread them across the entire duration.

These 3 elements were then combined into 2 stereo files, each containing the more musical element in both channels and the silences or cutlery placed in only the left or right channel. Playing together as separate sources allows small variations in the timing which when combined with the sound on the television create a complex, subtly changing work.

The use of recorded silences has been important within Absent but not Forgotten since it’s inception in 2010. It’s use is derived from ideas surrounding paranormal investigation and EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon), and in particular the studies undertaken by my grandfather who used to attend spiritualist meetings, record the medium and analyse the silences within the recordings to try and find evidence of the voices. We have adopted this technique and used it as a starting point within a number of our video and installation works.

The video is a simple corruption of footage from ‘Whistle and I’ll come to you’ using filters which emulate analogue detuning and static interference. The breakfast scene emerges from the distorted, detuned footage roughly once every 10 minutes. The white noise soundtrack within the video is created by processing silences extracted from the breakfast scene, with the volume modulated randomly, the scene itself has it’s soundtrack left intact.
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(The video below uses a stereo version of the same audio described above)

Who is this who is coming?

Yesterday we travelled to Oriel Davies in Newtown to install our work for the forthcoming show, Be our guest, opening on Saturday 29th June.  The gallery is transforming into a guest house for the exhibition which runs until September 4th.

Who is this who is coming?

Our work ‘Who is this who is coming?’ is situated in the breakfast room of the imagined B&B and is based upon a pivotal scene in the 1968 film ‘Whistle and I’ll Come to You’.  Additional elements can be seen here and on our website www.absent-but-not-forgotten.co.uk

A Night in the Score Valley Hotel

Arriving at dusk in Score Valley we pulled up in the car and were first welcomed by the hooting of owls from the nearby woods, creating just the right atmosphere for our stay.  On entering the hotel there was nobody to be seen, I just couldnt resist calling out – ‘Is there anybody there?’
No answer.  So instead we rang the bell and were quickly made welcome by Roger, the proprietor, who showed us to our first floor room and left us to unpack and discuss the plans for the weekend.
The owls continued and as we prepared the camera for an overnight vigil, there was some very strange scratching and tapping noises at the window…by the time we had equipment ready to record, it had stopped…

The camera was set to nightvision mode and left to take a photograph every minute through the night.

Absent but not Forgotten at Ilfra Expo

Absent but not Forgotten have been invited to Ilfracombe to make work for the Ilfra Expo 14/07/13 – 04/08/13

We are told that there are several haunted sites in the area, the one that interests us is called Score Valley, apparently the locals dont like it, theres talk of a haunted factory on the way into the valley, a derelict church graveyard and scary things going on in the woods!

Day one in Conwy

Absent but not Forgotten is having a great time in Conwy! Our work is installed in the courtyard of Plas Mawr – a beautiful Tudor town house in the centre of the town. We’ve been visiting the other artists involved in the festival and enjoying their work too. Blinc Digital Arts Festival is sharing the event with Conwy Food Festival, so the town has been buzzing with people. Come along and visit us if you’re in the area today.