Soundwaves Festival 2011, 14 - 17 July

Ushering in four days dedicated to audio related new commissions, collaborations, performances and experiences, the Soundwaves Festival, is split into daily themes consisting of Comment, Move, Sing and Listen.

The Festival has a mixture of free and ticketed events at various sites across Brighton with opportunities to participate as well as spectate.

And as with pretty much every festival choice becomes bewildering, so the events highlighted are just the free ones, which often works as a good opener for ten:

SOUND WALK by Joanna Brown

at Brighton Theatre Car Park (NCP), Level 7

Go to the Soundwaves website and download a series of tracks and a downloadable map then listen to the sound walk as you experience a collection of redolent impressions.

Taking place in the car park starting on level 7 at the north end the walk follows the boundary in a clockwise direction, east, south, west, north, east and south again to finish at the southern exit on level 7.
The performance will explore an imaginary soundscape, made up of idealized sounds that whisper and call to us, interrupting our lives with brief memories of other places and times.

14 - 17 July, 12 - 6pm at Lighthouse


Call a number and leave a message, a noise or silence, all of which may be used in an ever changing sonic installation at the Lighthouse, throughout the festival.


Leave a message on the Phone In, installation, Listen to sound walks for the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, as well as the Theatre NCP car park, or download tracks to accompany the ‘silent performances’ and artists work from previous Soundwaves Festivals.
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On Saturday 16 July, 10am - 5pm at Brighton Unitarian Church

From opera to beatboxing and more besides the human voice will be explored in all its facets, culminating in an informal performance at 4:30pm. 
Inviting all musical abilities this free workshop is open to all and will be led by the dynamic Adam Swayne, pianist, composer and musical director of CoMA Sussex and will also include sessions led by opera singer Lisa Swayne (recently Tatyana in Kentish Opera's Eugene Onegin) and Crawley-based Human Beatboxer Krystal Gob.

email: to tell them you are coming or just turn up on the day.


A round table discussion by Voice Laboratory.

Saturday 16 July, 12 – 1pm at Brighton Unitarian Church

Using the starting point of the advent of artist Susan Philipsz winning the Turner Prize with her vocal sound piece last November the Voice Laboratory presents a round table discussion focusing on the voice in contemporary art and the role of the voice in culture today, with practitioners and thinkers working with voice from various disciplines including vocal practice, singing, musicology, sound art, composition and fine art.

Throughout the week, at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery


Go to the Soundwaves website and download a series of tracks and a downloadable map then listen to the sound walk as you experience a collection of redolent impressions.

1. Metal on Metal
The shimmering sounds of a Tibetan prayer bowl suggest metal’s inner life. The rest is grinding and bashing.

2. An English Pastoral
Birds and leaves, people and animals, the Sussex landscape heard out loud. Pottery is teased into audible life.

3. Hutong Looming
A Beijing Hutong, a market street in all its noisy glory, an acoustic backdrop to a Dobby hand loom working thread by thread.

4. Fake Murano
The lagoon laps, frogs croak, the quay creaks and cicadas sing on an imaginary evening in Venice’s Glass Island.

5. The Fashion Store
Garments come out of storage. Hangers scrape, fabrics fall and are gathered up again. Pins drop.

6. Feira De Ladra
A Lisbon flea market at 7 a.m. Another way that people present objects to each other.

To find out more about the artist follow one of these links,

Great Grandad's missing cow makes page 5, sixty two years ago today

By strange coincidence my mother discovered a news article that had been kept for sixty two years on the very day the article would have gone to press.  By further coincidence the date, 4th of July also fell on a Monday sixty two years ago and relates to the story of my great grandfather's prize winning Ayrshire.

As it seemed so strange for this story to emerge on it's anniversary I thought I would share it.  What made my mum laugh when she was reading it out to me was how, apparently police across Ulster had been looking for this cow.  It may even be the cow that we had a painting of, in a big gilded frame hanging in our dining room, much to my mum's disapproval.  Perhaps this final chapter will reconcile my mother to the cow after all.

Belfast Newsletter 1949, Agnew's Ayrshire cow
Overtoun Bellflower

Missing Cow Found Alive reads the news article. Fell into a disused tank a fortnight ago. The champion Ayrshire cow, Overtoun Bellflower, for which police throughout Ulster have been searching for a fortnight, was found yesterday evening, half-submerged in a disused tank in the grounds of Garnerville House, Old Holywood Road, not fifty yards from the field from which she strayed on Saturday, June 18.

Able to Walk – Though somewhat emaciated, the cow, on being pulled out of the tank, was able to walk to the byres of its owner, Mr Norman Agnew, dairyman, Holywood Road, about three-quarters of a mile distant. The tank in which the cow was imprisoned was no bigger than five feet deep. It had been covered by planking which seemingly collapsed under the cow’s weight. The tank was hidden by a large plot of nettle also four or five feet high.

How the beast survived is a mystery. She had no food other than what nettles she could crop from the verge of the tank and no water other than what the slime contained.

Mr Agnew told a “NewsLetter” reporter: - “In a lifetime’s experience of cattle I have known nothing like it. At the time she strayed the cow was giving six gallons of milk a day, and usually when a cow is not milked it kills her. Perhaps we have the unusually hot weather to thank for saving her. It remains to be seen whether she will come to milk again.”

The discovery

The cow was discovered by Mr C Brownlee of Holland Park who was passing through the grounds. He summoned assistance and the bank was dug away to make a gradient, and with the aid of ropes around her rump the cow was able to scramble to safety. She was immediately scrubbed down and examined by a veterinary surgeon.

Overtoun Bellflower, which was purchased in Scotland for a substantial sum won first prize for Ayrshires at the recent show at Balmoral and was supreme champion in all breeds in the milking classes.

Since the disappearance of the cow many theories have been advanced, not a few people suggesting that she has been stolen for slaughter for black market meat.

Belfast Newsletter 1949, Agnew's Ayrshire cow
Belfast News-Letter Monday 4 July 1949

Belfast Newsletter 1949, Agnew's Ayrshire cow
Missing cow found alive