Incredible Distance

Thomas Pinsker4th Feb 2019

Explore an audio-visual art installation, featuring the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Incredible Distance in its entirety – combining audio, film, handwritten scores, timeline and imagery. Shown here at the WHALE Arts centre where local residents participated in six weeks of workshops.
Composer Suzanne Parry’s score combines the conventional notation of the SCO’s musical instruments with the soundwave produced by everyday noises, while simultaneously acting as a timeline of 24 hours in Wester Hailes.
Aside from her 12-minute through-composed piece, Parry has written four 30-second soundbites for the SCO, inspired by memorable everyday sounds in Wester Hailes. On this occasion the scores have been imprinted on sheets of black aluminium.
The first of these sounds is the unmistakeable ice cream van, whose route is mapped out here…
…and the second is birdsong.
Then follows the inescapable noise of rainfall…
…and finally transport.

Incredible Distance is an audio-visual art installation, jointly created by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, composer Suzanne Parry and residents of the Edinburgh suburb of Wester Hailes. The artwork in the gallery above (CLICK THE FIRST IMAGE ABOVE TO LAUNCH THE GALLERY, and to find out more about each image) is on display at the WHALE Arts centre until February 9, and will then move to Edinburgh’s Fruitmarket Gallery between February 12-17.

The SCO sent out an open invitation to members of the Wester Hailes community, where it is currently in the middle of a three-year residency, asking them to record on their phones any memorable sounds which they felt captured the essence of their area. After six weeks of joint sessions with workshop leader Emma Smith, the result is a part tone-poem, part dreamscape which portrays 24 hours in the life of Wester Hailes.

The video below is a day in the life of Wester Hailes through the eyes and ears of people who live there, woven into an audio-visual tapestry by Suzanne Parry and Ewan John:

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