A thoughtful new art and sound project will be coming to Orford Ness in the next week on its journey across some special coastal places.
This month, a mysterious beach hut will be travelling across the UK, and taking in Orford Ness along the way.
The Ness has been chosen as one of just three places to host a very special, bright blue beach hut – but as always with Orford Ness, there is more to the beach hut than meets the eye!
Inside the hut, an atmospheric sound track conjures up the sounds of the coast, whilst visitors are invited to step inside what is actually a miniature sound booth, where they can record their thoughts about what the coast means to them.
The soundtrack inside the hut will be created by leading sound artist Martyn Ware, formerly of Heaven17 and Human League, from recordings held by the British Library.
At the same time, the recordings that people make in the hut will be used by Martyn as contributions towards One and All – a digital voyage through sight, sound and sea.
One and All is a co-commission by Trust New Art, the National Trust’ contemporary arts programme, and sounduk.
Three leading artists working across sound, poetry and art will celebrate the powerful emotional and personal links that we all have to our coastal landscapes.
Martyn Ware, Owen Sheers and Tania Kovats have been invited to take inspiration from 50 years of Neptune, the National Trust’s campaign to acquire and care for coastal land.
The result will be an online digital artwork that combines audio visual and interactive landscapes.
It will invite the audience to explore a virtual coastal landscape and encounter three unique works that address our relationship with the sea.
Inspired by his childhood one-day-a-year holiday at a steelworks ‘charabanc outing’ on the Yorkshire coast, Martyn Ware’s What Does The Sea Say? will create a meditative dreamscape in which the listener can both participate and observe.
As part of the work’s creation, Martyn will travel with the beach hut to the three chosen locations.
After starting its journey in Seaham, County Durham, it will arrive with us on July 7 and stay for a week before moving on to Porthgain, Pembrokeshire.
The beach hut recordings, together with material from the British Library sound archive, will be reworked, in collaboration with film maker Ben Wigley, into a deeply resonant and emotionally affecting meditative three-dimensional soundscape about place and memory.
One and All will be available to experience online from November at http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/oneandall