Jurassic music along the coast of Dorset ... the wind chimes across the cliffs from 180 million years ago ... another 2012 Cultural Olympiad Festival installation ...
|Instruments across Dorset's rolling hills|
More than 500 instruments were set up by the French composer Pierre Sauvageot, to be played by the wind ... the one mile stretch of Harmonic Fields overlooked the Olympic sailing course of Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour.
|A musical walk through a pergola|
The instruments were suspended on posts along the coastal path in Dorset, in six different locations ... as Mr Sauvageot said “The Dorset Coast is a wonderful place to bring Harmonic Fields – its rolling hills and wide seascape the perfect place for the audience to immerse themselves in their sounds ....”
|Portland Harbour - the Olympic's sailing|
venue - the Clubhouse is on the far left
The audience could sit and listen, walk slowly along the cliff path, or occasionally stop and put a hat on – a musical instrument to hear the sound - as wind flows create these incredible free sounds of nature.
The 500 instruments were set out in the form of six music movements at the different locations:
- on the landscape
- at the seaside
- along the cliff top
- down into the valley
- on the dunes
- finishing in the disused Bowers quarry
|Cliff top seascape|
The event was only staged for six days ... and I’ve only just read about it, while researching something else to post ... but this one steals the show.
Quite extraordinary I thought – and now what else have I missed from the Cultural Olympiad this summer?! But I know many of you will be interested to read about them ... and I’ve linked the BBC sites below, also other YouTube links for overseas readers ...
BBC News – Dorset: Harmonic Fields article
BBC News – Dorset: video here is 1.43 minslong (possibly only UK viewers)
You Tube: A walk through wind power from the Jurassic Coast – video 25 mins ... here you get the accompanying seagulls!
YouTube: Harmonic Fields - 3.49 mins
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