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Audio installation at Brodie Castle to launch Findhorn Bay Arts Events


By Garry McCartney

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Six horns will emit individual sounds, building to a crescendo over 12 minutes.
Six horns will emit individual sounds, building to a crescendo over 12 minutes.

AN audio installation at Brodie Castle is the first of a series of events planned to replace this year's Findhorn Bay Arts (FBA) Festival.

'Sound Horn' by Dumfries and Galloway-based artist, Katie Anderson, is six upturned, person-sized copper and aluminium gramophone speakers emitting a field-recorded composition from the shrubbery at Brodie Castle from Wednesday, August 19 August to Sunday, August 23, from 10am-4pm.

FBA director Kresanna Aigner confirmed various events in unexpected spaces and scenic locations will be happening over the next few months.

She said: "We are absolutely delighted to start with our long-standing partner Brodie Castle and the National Trust for Scotland.

"Sound Horn is an ideal public art installation which can be safely experienced during these unprecedented times as it can be seen, heard and experienced and enjoyed in nature and without touching."

Sound Horn was first shown at 'Cryptic' - a Glasgow-based multimedia art house that fuses music, sonic and visual art - in 2019.

Each speaker will emit part of a field-recorded composition that Ms Anderson made during an artist's residency at Cove Park, Helensburgh. These will include choral notes, spoken word parts and a bassline hum. Visitors can listen to each element before they combine from all six speakers at once. The 12 minute sound loop has been described by a previous audience member as "calming and beautiful."

Access to the shrubbery will be free and it will be located between the castle and its Playful Garden.

Brodie Castle operations manager, James Dean, said: "This exciting public art installation will give our visitors a new and additional element to help enhance their visit to the grounds."

The Scottish Government’s latest guidelines relating to Covid-19 will be followed to ensure visitors are safe whilst viewing the installation. Signage will remind of safe-distancing rules and a FBA representative will welcome visitors and offer support.



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