christopher williams – SOUNDINGS

“The making of Storm Over Chimney Pots (2014) involved undertaking an extended hike with a heavy sound rig up steep bluffs in the National Parklands in Victoria’s Western Grampians, listening intensely until I found the perfect position from which to record. As it happened, storm clouds came scudding across the sky with thunder resonating against the granite walls – the prospect of rain exciting the birdlife. With no acoustic sign of human presence, this place seems to stand outside of time. The acoustic environment featured in Churchyard Bottom Wood (2014) belongs to the ancient Forest of MIddlesex, and remains uncultivated for over 5,000 years. Making my way through this wood over several days and nights, I became aware not only of its delightful birds, foxes and squirrels, but also of its dark undertones, mysterious and often impenetrable. Yet overlaying this ancient time are the sounds of human activity that have persisted over the ages: a man walking his dog, a woman singing to a child; and finally, the distant sounds of a construction site and aeroplanes from our technological age”. – Christopher Williams

“One of this country’s most original and consistently innovative sound artists.”  Professor Paul Carter