Delighted to be part of Radiophrenia (29/08/16-11/09/16). Broadcasting live from Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts, Radiophrenia is a temporary art radio station: a two-week exploration of current trends in sound and transmission arts.
A new work, rain for radio:(cymbal, toy drum and bucket), will be broadcast on Clear Spot: Friday 09/09/16 between 10:30 - 11:00.
rain choir: the dead sea variation, which was perfromed live at the IMT Gallery, London last November, was also broadcast on NTS radio as part of Graham Dunning's programme Fractal Meat. The episode is available here
The penultimate 'edition' of a silence lost, dissapeared into the Celtic Sea on Tuesday 16th August at Cape Cornwall, UK. As with the previous two disapperances, the loss was announced in the small adds of The Times newspaper. Documentation and some thoughts on time, newspapers and the silence lost are avaible on my blog.
On Tuesday the 5th April, an advert in the Lost and Found section of The Times newspaper (no. 71876), announced the second 'release' of silence lost. A single-sided 10" vinyl record, cut with a silent groove, was 'released' into the English Channel off the coast of Hengistbury Head, Dorset. Further details and a short interview about the project with Steve Harris of BBC Radio Solent are avaiable here.
A new sound work composed specifically for 'exhibition' in Sonospace is now available for to hear/see in the on-line gallery curated by Harry Sumner. a line with four arcs is accompnaied by a series of images, which extend rtahre than document the soundwork.
The piece is based on 'field-recordings' from a walk along a footpath interupted by a series of four 'kissing gates'. The choreography of opening and closing the gates arced space into almost electronic song.
Listen in Sonospace
Delighted that my sound piece air struck gently (going out slowly) has been included on the first release by Kinokophone. The air piece featured in the listening event Kinokophonography at the British Library in May.
In a limited edition of 100 (and download), the Compliation 01 CD, inlcudes works by Francisco Lopez, Coryn Smethurst, and Sala amongst others and is available here.
rain choir: the dead sea variation will be perfromed live, with dissolving coral accompaniment, as part of Is It Eating You? at the IMT Gallery, London. Curated by Mark Peter Wright, the evening of sound and film closes Wright's solo exhibition I, The Thing in the Margins and inlcudes performances by: Mira Calix (screening, Esther Planas & Jennifer Ipekel, Graham Dunning & Tom White and Pond Scum Light Show (Jennifer Pengilly, Ash Reid & Jamie Sutcliffe). Details here
The curator and writer Jodie Dalgleish reflects on the symposium, chalk: time, sense and landscape in an article for the New Zealand on-line art review EyeContact. A full transcript of the essay and aditional imagery is available on the symposium website here.
A new variation of rain choir featured in Sciarada, a listening event curated by Blauer Hase, as part of the Helicotrema Festival of Recorded Music. Scrirada takes place in the beautiful Museum Punta della Dogana, Venice, and inlcudes works by Stefano Giannotti, Paolo Pennuti, and Luca Vitone. The sounds are played continuously from 10am - 7pm. Details here.
An interdisciplinary symposium, exploring worlds beyond and beneath the visible.
Taking place at the Winchester Discovery Centre on Saturday 17th October, the symposium offers a day of: sound, archaeology, film, geology, architecture, literature, music and rainfall. Curated by myself the international program of contributors includes: Paul Whitty, Guy Sherwin, John Levack Drever, Michael Welland, Nick Thorpe, Karen Fielder, Ian Rawes, Sally Ann McIntyre and is chaired by Marius Kwint. The symposium is dedicated to the memory of keynote speaker, John M. Hull who sadly died on the 28th July.
The symposium is part of the city wide arts event, 10days CHALK 2015. Full details/tickets: timesenselandscape.com / 10dayswinchester.org
On Thursday 27th August 2015 an announcmenet appeared in the the Lost and Found section of The Times Newspaper. It read: Silence lost in the North Sea at Cley, Norfolk. If found return to: S. Hegarty c/o The British Library Sound Archive. On that day I took a silent record to the North Sea and threw it into the waves. This is one of four such 'releases', more details here.
Kinokophonography at The British Library
Wednesday 27/05/15 18:00-19:30.
I am delighted to have a recording included in the latest Kinokophonography listening event. Organised by Kinokophone, this evening of sound cinema is inspired by the Libary's own Save our Sounds Project and will explore disappearing sounds. My work, air struck gently (slowly going out), is a very short recording of a match as it ignites, burns and expires. Further details on my blog. Event details and booking available from The Britsih Library and Kinokophone websites.
As part of a concert opening the exhibitio Sound/Place, I will be performing a live variation of the rain choir at St James Hatcham Gallery, Goldsmiths, London on Tuesday 5th May. The St James Variation will include a live dissolve of cathedral limestone adding the effervescent voices of ancient CO2 to the choir.
Documentation and after thoughts on my blog.
Earlier this year I contributed a sound piece to Elemental Dialogue: Air; a research project by artists and filmmakers, Anna Cady and Pauline Thomas. Drawing Breath, an installation and performance based on some of the works by contributors to the project, opens on the 7th May at St John on Bethnal Green, London. Details of the installation and my work here and on my blog
I was recently asked to contribute to a research project called Elemental Dialogues: Air. The collaborative project includes, artists, dancers and poets all of whom have been asked to 'interpret' the short film Air by artist filmmakers, Anna Cady and Pauline Thomas. The resulting interpretations are then ‘re-embedded into the film, creating new, pluridisciplinary artworks, each of which tells a different and sometimes radically unexpected story'.
On my blog I discuss my own involvement in the project and the resulting sound piece: air struck gently.
A collaborative live event based on some of the interpretations will be presented at The Manor, in Cambridgshire on the 27/28 March. Details here
Delighted to announce that the rain choir is now available for free download on the net label Impulsive Habitat. In addition to the original composition the 'b' side of this digital release is a version of the choir re-composed from the original field-recordings and others made during the choir's installation in the beautiful acoustics of the Crypt of Winchester Cathedral. Further details on my blog.
A variation of rain choir opens today at the Galerie Dira, Prague. Part of a season of sound works curated by the artist Lloyd Dunn, the prague variation, was re-composed specifically for the gallery and will be audible until the 7th November.
Galerie Dira, consists of a headphone socket in an external wall, people are invited to bring their headphones and plug themselves into the gallery and sound 'exhibited'. Further information and an edited version of the prague variation is available here
A new recording made during a visit to Orford Ness, appears at Kinokophonography in New York. The field-recording captures the sound of air playing with the rusted hinge of a door on The Black Beacon, formerly part of the Orfordness Rotating Wireless Beacon Radar System. Some images and thoughts on Orford Ness and the sound recorded there are on my blog. A podcast of Kinokophonography at New York Public Library, will be available from Kinokophone very soon.
Following the recent Fluviology live music event, runningonair records has released a limited edition CDr which includes material from Delphine Dora, Sophie Cooper, Joe Evans and myself. Fluviology is available (in a rather lovely cardboard cover) here
Today I attended a launch event at Testwood Lakes Nature Reserve. The new video documentary produced by the Hampshire Wildlife Trust was introduced by the naturalist and BBC springwatch presenter, Chris Peckham. The video includes field recordings from my winnall moors soundwalk project and ends with a stridulating lullaby of summer grasshoppers and water beetles. The winnall moors project culminated in the production four walks around a year, released on Gruenrekorder during 2014.
As part of Fluviology, an evening of experimental sound upstairs at the Railway in Winchester, I will be composing an audible saturation of found sound and field-recordings. The evening is organised by runningonair and includes performances by Delphine Dora, Sophie Cooper and Joe Evans.
Fluviology | 19:00 | 23/07/14. Tickets & directions here.
One of my cathedral dissolves is available to hear on a post discussing 'Noise' by Daniela Di Bella. Cathedral rain #3, records the sound of a fragment of wall (taken from the cloisters of Winchester Cathedral) as it dissolves in Sulphuric Acid.
A new version of the rain choir has been added to this website. rain choir: the prague variation was composed in response to a request from Lloyd Dunn. The piece will be installed at Galerie Dira, Prague later this year. Further information and an edited version is available here
The profile section of this website has been updated to include a discography and press section. In addition, all other sections have been updated with new information.
cathedral rain #3, a field-recording of Sulphuric acid on a Limestone fragment from the walls of Winchester Cathedral, was included in the music, sound and art festival, Sonic Vigil 8 in Cork, Eire. The sound work was randomly selected to accompany a film work by the artist Dan Shipsides.
An interview I did with Daniela Di Bella has been published in Spanish and English on elojosalvaje.com
As part of If Wet at the Flatpack Film Festival in Birmingham, I will be doing a talk about wetness and memory, which will include a recomposition of the rain choir, based on recordings from the installation in the Crypt of Winchester Cathedral. This will form part of a wet afternoon of sounds with mortonunderwood, inventors of the Water Instrument and the sonic wonderlands of Prof Trevor Cox.
An unreleased sound work from the series of fossil dissolves that made up eight studies of hearing loss, has been released on the digital album a quiet position - screened #1. Curated by Jez Riley French and based on his series of 'live audio screenings', the album includes tracks by Riley French, Seth Cooke and Magnus Bergsson. My own contribution, Ammonite extinction event, is a prolonged audible dissolve of an ammonite fossil.
Extracts from the winter edition of four walks around a year (Gruenrekorder GrDI141) featured on Resonance FM as part of the programme Framework. Curated by Patrick McGinley Framework #453 explores site-specific sounds and includes works by maile colbert, rob olins & douglas benford. Framework is broadcast on radio stations across europe and in America.
The Winchester Cathedral soundscape from the album Southerlies (Gruenrekorder GrDl 118) was broadcast recently on Déphasage #33 (04/12/13). Déphasage is a weekly french radio show broadcast on Radio Campus Bordeaux.
A new review of the sound walk quartet, four walks around a year appears on a closer listen. The review, written by Richard Allen, discusses all four seasons of sonic perambulation, slow released by Gruenrekorder through 2013.
One of the field-recordings used in the sound Installation rain choir, will be part of Kinokophonography; an evening of sound art and phonography curated by Kinokophone and held at New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. The recording, taken from the gutters of Winchester Cathedral, was used as one of the 'voices' for the site-specific Installation in the crypt of the Cathedral.
The final part of the seasonal quartet, four walks around year: winter, has been released on Gruenrekorder. The four sound walks around a year in the HWT conservation area winnall moors, have been slow released by the label through 2013/14. The quartet concludes in the same month that first recordings were made in 2010. Further details available at Gruenrekorder and on the winnall moors soundwalk blog.
Site update: The project silence returned, involved a vinyl record of unrecorded silence being posted home, ten times over two years. The project archive has now been updated, so that recordings of all ten silent editions are available.
In a short article for the British Library Sound and Vision Blog, I offer some small thoughts on the nostalgia and loneliness of rainfall. Article available here
I discuss my work in an interview with Jay Dea Lopez for The Field Reporter. Our conversation explores my background in time-based media, the sound walk project for winnall moors and my recent work with chalk, rainfall and memory. The interview is in two parts: The field Reporter 327 & 328.
A review of four walks around a year: autumn,(Gruenrekorder: GrDl 140), appears on Fluid Radio. The review is written by Nathan Thomas, who correctly recognises my tendency to wander and 'content to be guided by the routines of others'.
rain choir, a new site-specific installation, for the Crypt of Winchester Cathedral, will be on 'view' from 25/10/13 - 03/11/13. Commissoned by the city wide arts event 10dayswinchester, the sound installation is composed from recordings of rain gathered from the guttering system of the Cathedral, and fragments of the buildings Limestone, dissolving in sulphuric acid. Details here.
An extract from my piece Four walks around a year: summer appears on the new Wire Tapper #33 CD, which comes free with the November edition (#357) of The Wire. It can also be bought directly from The Wire website. The series of four sound walks around the HWT conservation area Winnall Moors, are being released throughout 2013 on Gruenrekorder.
Autumn, the penultimate soundwalk from the series, Four walks around a year, has been released today on Gruenrekorder. Further details about the project together with sounds and images available here and on the project blog.
I have added the broadcast version of my piece for BBC Radio 3: It's just where I put my words, to this website. The piece exploring voice, memory and loss received some very interesting reviews, but is no longer available on BBC iPlayer. You can listen to the full programme here.
Extracts from the summer installment of Four walks around a year, feature on Framework #436, broadcast in London on Resonance FM, across europe and in America. Details here.
The second installment of the Winnall Moors soundwalk will be released today. Four walks around a year: summer is available from Gruenrekorder Digital in both MP3 & FLAC formats. The walk begins with the dawn chorus of summer solstice and includes the microscopic sounds of wasp mandibles, grasshoppers and the photosynthetic songs of pondweed. The
download is available here.
My piece for the Radio 3 series Between the Ears, is now no longer available for listening via the BBC website. I have posted a version on my blog, which includes the unedited sound piece and a copy of the script. I have also added images, including a photograph of my father, stamped on the reverse with Stalag 3D: the prison of war camp where he was imprisoned during the 2nd world war.
My sounds have featured a few times at the Kinokophongraphy field-recording events organised by Kinokophone. A Kinokophonography Radio Retrospective broadcast by Basic FM, will feature a number of my recordings and as one of the the featured artist there are also extracts from an interview with myself and Jon Tipler from Kinokophone, in which we discuss field-recording and poetics of dissolving ammonites.
Basic FM / 18.07.13 / 13:00-14:00
One of my fossil dissolves appeared on Echoes, a series of radio programmes broadcast (Lisbon)and steamed on Stress FM. The programme entitled How to get lost and start listening, was curated by Paulo Raposo, and features my piece Hatch: a recording of a fossilised fragment of dinosaur egg dissolving in vinegar.
There have been a number of reviews of the piece I did for the BBC Radio 3 series Between the Ears. It's Just Where I put my Words explored memory and voice through a soundscape of recordings of my mother's voice. Broadcast on Saturday 15th June, the reviews include Kate Chisholm in The Spectator (22.06.13), Christopher Maume in The Independant (16.06.13) David Hepworth in The Guardian and Jane Anderson in the Radio Times.
A new collection of my chalk dissolves will be released this Sunday (16/06/13) as a limited edition Cdr and digital download on Tony Whitehead's label Very Quiet Records (VQR007).
Entitled, tʃɔːk: eight studies of hearing loss the collection includes chalk from a cliff fall in Lyme Regis, a fossilised ammonite and a dinosaur egg. Further images and details on my blog. A review by Jay-Dea Lopez, is available on The Field Reporter (256)
In a new sound piece for the BBC Radio 3 series Between the Ears, I take a journey with my mother’s voice, listening for her in the recordings we made and the sound works I composed. The piece explores voice, memory and the act of act of recording, My mother died in April 2011, and listening to the intimate fragments of her voice, reminded me of Roland Barthes’ book Camera Lucida, in which the author sits alone in his deceased mothers flat, sorting through her photographic remains, which Barthes derides for their inability to 'speak'.
Produced in Bristol by Chris Ledgard It's just where I put my words: a voice remembered, is broadcast on Saturday 15th June, at 21:45. Further details and images available on my blog
The first installment from the winnall moors soundwalk project is released on Gruenrekorder Digital [GrDi 128].
The quartet of four seasonal walks are to be slow released by Gruenrekorder throughout 2013.
Spring, first of the four walks around a year is reviewed by Jay-Dea Lopez on The Field Reporter (253).
One of my recordings from a series of dissolves was included in the latest Kinkophonography session at Madlab, Manchester. The sound is 'exhumed' from a fossilised fragment of dinosaur eggshell, soaked in vinegar and then placed upon a hydrophone.
Delighted to announce that Southerlies, my collection of soundscapes from the south of england, have been released on the German based field-recording and sound art label Gruenrekorder Digital.
Further details available on my blog.
An adapted image from one of my xerographic scores was included in the SQUARE project at the TEM Contemporanea duemiladodici festival in Udine, Italy. The SQUARE project has announced a further exhibition in Cervignano (Italy) from the 7th December.
My field-recording of water snails chewing on aquatic plants, makes an appearance on the Jez Riley French blog. The recording was made in Suffolk, using a Riley-French Hydrophone. Listen to: the water snails of Suffolk
The full 25" summer soundwalk from the winnall moors: four walks around a year project with HWT, will be broadcast on Radeq Radio from SoundFjord gallery (London). The walk will be broadcast as part of 'The Summer of 2012', which starts at sunrise (6.06am) in London on Monday (27/08/12) and does not stop broadcasting live from sun-lit land until 120 hours later.
The winnall moors soundwalk will be broadcast on Tuesday 28/08/12 at 02:00pm. This is the first time that the full summer walk has been available to hear.
On Sunday 12th August I will be performing live dissolve: a concert of field recordings, found voices, dissolving ammonites and CO2. This rare excursion into life, takes place as part of the We Are Collective festival at The Chapel Arts Studios in Andover, Hampshire, UK. The performance begins at 15:00 and entry is free.
The winnall moors sound walk project approaches conclusion. Extracts from the autumn walk are now available on the project blog, including the scattered conclusion of bonfire night fireworks, amidst the aerial resonance of wind through wire fences.
Latest post on the winnall moors sound walk blog, comes from recordings around 4:30 on Christmas Day. The recordings include the sound of a plastic bottle trapped in the current of a hatch on the River Itchen.
At the invitation of microbiologist, Dr Simon Park I was delighted to visit the microbiology labs at the University of Surrey. Simon had set up a yeast culture to see if I could hear the micro biotic sound. Whilst there, I also became fascinated with the sound of magnetic fleas stirring various liquids. The gaseous songs of yeast microbes and percussion of magnetic fleas are audible here sebastianehegarty.wordpress.com.
As part of a November survey of water sounds, the field-recording blog Sonic Terrain features a shortened version of my sonic river for the Theatre Royal installation (Winchester).
Extracts from my soundscapes for the Theatre Royal (Winchester) art event and their collisions with other voices and musicians, can be heard on my digital notebook blog. This includes Hossein Hadisi's Avant-garde Composer Ensemble (ACE) and Winchester Community choir. A shortened version of the sonic river, running through the theatre's public address system, is available at winnall moors sound walk.
I will be taking part in the 10 Days Across the City Arts Festival in Winchester, UK. On the 31st October as part of the opening event (map, plot, plunder, possession), I will be premiering three soundscapes within the auditorium of the Royal Theatre. The avant-garde music group ACE will be interacting with the space, soundscapes and events taking place in the theatre, which include: sound/music, dance, flash poetry, visual art and installations. Details here
My recording of a water boatmen from the dipping pond at Winnall Moors, has been selected and used in the collaborative album from SoundFjord: A Silent Swaying Breath.
The water boatmen also features (slightly submerged) in the promo for the record. Watch it here.
The album is released for download on 17/10/2011.
I have started a digital notebook/diary in the form of a new wordpress blog. The notebook will be used as a space to document and discuss work in progress and contextualise my thinking & practice. Visit
The second installment of my Soundscapes of the South, produced by Steve Harris at Radio Solent, will be featured on Radio 4's Pick of the Week this Sunday (04/09/11). Details here. The full documentary is available on BBC iPlayer till Monday 5/09/11: Listen here
Four of my soundscapes for Radio Solent are featured in the documentary Soundscapes of the South, broadcast on Radio Solent this coming Bank Holiday Monday (29.08.11)at 18:30. The soundscapes include recordings from: Abbostbury Swannery; Lymington Ferry; Winchester Cathedral and a short sound walk through Winnall Moors. Details here
Three of the seven soundscapes commissioned by BBC Radio Solent, have been added to the sound archive.
To listen click here
The Sound Artist, an audio essay for BBC Radio 3's Twenty Minutes, exploring soundscape in relation to music composition and my own practice, will be broadcast on Tuesday 9th August at 19:50. The programme was composed and written by myself and produced in Bristol by Chris Ledgard. Full details here
A compilation CD that comes with the first publication from Framework Radio, will feature Resistance 4. Other artists include: Marc Behrens, Lee Patterson and Gill Arno. Details available from the Framework Radio website.
My field-recording, Subterranean What?, reaches 513 plays on soundcloud. The recording of a Water Boatman in the dipping pond at Winnal Moors can be heard on soundcloud
The harmonic fence recording from my Hengistbury Head soundscape has been added to the other line recordings on this website. Listen here
Extracts from the BBC Radio Solent soundscapes documentary by Steve Harrris will be featured on BBC Radio 4 on sunday 1st May at 18:30: Listen here
The full documentary is available on BBC iPlayer until 2nd May: Listen here
Slightly edited versions of some of the soundscapes for Radio Solent appear to be available on audio boo. The Watercress line soundscape is available here
BBC Radio Solent are broadcasting a special half-hour documentary on the soundscapes I have been composing for the Friday morning Julien Clegg show. The documentary produced by Steve Harris, will go out Easter Monday at 18:30 and features the six-minute versions of the soundscapes.
I will be giving a talk about the Winnall Moors sound walk project for Cafe Culture on Tuesday 26th April at Eighteen71, Winchester. Doors open 18:30.
In memory of mam I have added her version of Ave Maria to my archive. This recording formed part of the soundtrack for the performance piece, '...and a sword shall pierce thy heart also'. Listen from here.
Tuesday 5th April my mother died. Mam's voice and life have featured in a number of my sound works and installations: e.g. Soliloquy n.2; Duet for Vinyl; Bellevue and Audrey Please Knock (The title Audrey Please Knock was taken from a note she had pinned to her front door: Audrey collected her 'paper money').
Mam actually took part in an early performance work (and a sword...)and several photographic & film works.
Once interviewed by Tim Marlow about her participation in my photographic piece for the Mother's exhibition at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (both Tim's and my mother's first interview for BBC Radio 4), she described the experience as 'better than bingo': this was no faint praise, she loved bingo.
Eyes down mam.
The first soundscape in a series of 7 for BBC Radio Solent has been completed. The soundscape comes from Hengistbury Head in Dorset. There will be two versions: 2 minutes for radio broadcast and 6 mins for BBC online. I will also be uploading some of the soundscapes and sources to my account on Soundcloud.
A 60 second version of resistance 4 is included on the CD (Un) Plea sent Over Drones, which is free to visitors at the forthcoming Resound festival, Falmouth, 2011. Details and a downloadable mp3 version of the CD available here: Resound
I have now discovered the reason some mp3 files failed to be found in the latest version of Safari. I am updating those files which need to be replaced. The early sound works, Bellevue, Longwave and Horizon are now found.
I have been commissioned by BBC Radio Solent, to produce a series of southern soundscapes made from locations suggested by listeners. The call for locations was first broadcast on 04.03.11 on the Julian Clegg show.
Interest in the Winnall Moors project grows. I just completed an interview for BBC Radio 4's Farming Today, to be broadcast on Friday 11/02/11. Doing an interview with Mike Powell, broadcast this Sunday on BBC Radio Solent, Radio Surrey & Radio Sussex: Podcast. The project also features on BBC Hampshire Online.
A new soundwork based on recordings made in Norfolk this summer: listen
In March 2010, I began work on a sound walk project funded by Hampshire Wildlife Trust(HWT). Over the period of a year I will be recording sounds in the HWT reserve at Winnall Moors, Winchester, UK. A blog documenting the project in images and sounds, is available here: www.winnallmoorssoundwalk.wordpress
As part of some R&D by the artist Yvon Bonenfant (University of Winchester), I was commissioned to produce a 'tactile' score in response to the Plague Mass by Diamanda Galas. The resulting score will be translated back into sound by the composer Will Edmondes. Pages from the graphic score can be found in the present: paper section of this website.
The silence returned vinyl editions continues in spite of one silence being lost in the post. The last two 7" records were posted from Stiffkey, Norfolk & Longmoor Lane in Fazakerley, Liverpool.