Vocal Migrations, Kathy Hinde



Vocal Migrations, Kathy Hinde


Share To:

Back to news


For our autumn 2012 commission we worked with audio visual artist Kathy Hinde, developing a new work with local singers that combined live singing with electronically altered voices.

The piece was inspired by how bats ‘echo-locate’ using sound to ‘see’ their surroundings. In collaboration with technologists, Kathy has created a new handheld device that uses sensors and mini-computers. These devices affect the sounds of voices based on where they are positioned in a space, creating a sonic and spatial experience. Kathy collaborated with the Bedfordshire Bat Group and Bat researcher Professor Gareth Jones, using ‘bio-mimicry’ – the study of nature to influence designs and processes – as a creative method. The technology was developed by Matthew Olden and Tarim at the Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol

Bedford got involved in the testing of these new devices at a series of workshops in October and December, working with Kathy to devise new techniques for developing and performing vocal compositions. We shared the results of the first stage of this exciting experimental commission at a public work-in-progress event in December.

A second version, an interactive installation that anyone could take part in, was presented as part of Almanac Festival in February.

We’re working with Kathy in 2013 to develop new versions of this work for touring. Read her blog, which is regularly updated as the project progresses.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Latest News

September 6, 2019

‘Gigs 4 Kids’ launched to bring live music to every primary school in Bedford!

A major crowdfunding campaign promoting the joy of music for children and families in Bedford has been launched, holding free live music gigs in all 54 primary schools in the borough. Gigs 4 Kids aims to inspire the 2327 Year 3 children in Bedford Borough to learn an instrument, by delivering a broad mix of

June 7, 2019

Queen’s Park Cultural Capital – Call for Artists

BCA is now calling for artists to join our new Queen’s Park Cultural Capital project; a two-year action research and co-creation project funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and The Harpur Trust, with additional support from Arts Council England, Bedford Borough Council and bpha housing association. The project is set in the diverse community of Queen’s Park, Bedford where residents

May 17, 2019

Opinion: Which tribe are you?

As Grayson Perry has observed, “most people want to fit in with their tribe in some way or another, so they give off signals, whether it’s with their clothes, their behavior, their car, their whatever, and gain status . . . and the signals are an unconscious display of who you are and where you

See More

Want to get involved? Contact Us