Song of the Brewery
Songs of the Brewery, (June 2005) used the built environment of the Beamish and Crawford brewery as both the set and the inspiration for an installation and radio programme. The piece incorporated interviews with three generations of workers on themes of local relevance, such as their personal experience of working in the brewery, and local history, to larger issues such as globalisation and world economy. It was commissioned by Arttrail for Cork Capital of Culture.
Using the built environment of the brewery as both the set and the inspiration for the installation, Songs of the Brewery sound art project sought to offer the public a subjective sonic portrait of the plant.
These recordings, which constitute the main auditory experience for the installation were devised during a period of residency with Art Trail. The sound piece incorporates interviews with three generations of workers, location recordings, sampling, electroacoustic compositions and voice-over.
Songs of the Brewery was first presented as a sound installation on the 2 main levels of the belfry of St Anne’s church, in the Shandon area of Cork.
St Anne’s church is a renowned tourist spot where visitors can climb the tower and play the bells. Listeners were invited to either sit and to the work or actively participate in the installation by ‘playing the bells’, a sonic reminder of the former Beamish brewery bell that used to call the men to work and release them at the end of the day.
Song of the Brewery was broadcast on the Austrian radio art programme Kunst Radio in April 2006 and was included on the Deep Wireless radio art CD in 2008.
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