Contemporary Connections presents a community sound project, Portsea Sound, from June to September 2017, exploring the sounds and stories of Portsea. We are particularly interested in what it means to live in a contemporary port town. The project has been funded by Arts Council England and Portsmouth City Council to undertake a series of community events to record sound material, working with sound artist Tullis Rennie, Contemporary Connections director Laura Seddon and boat-builder Danny Carter. Participants will be able to record and edit the sound piece, which will ultimately be housed in an interactive sound boat installation made from a reclaimed wooden fishing boat and displayed at the John Pounds Centre Café. All events are free and family friendly and we hope to bring together people from a wide range of ages and backgrounds.
Portsea Sound’s launch event will be a sea shanty workshop on 24th June at the John Pounds Centre with shanty performers Pete Truin and Anna Cornish. No singing experience is necessary just come along and learn to shanty, and create a Portsea sea shanty to include in our sound piece. There is limited capacity, so free tickets can be booked here or by dropping into the John Pounds Centre reception.
Other events include a beach afternoon on Saturday 8th July (meeting at 2pm by the Hovercraft Terminal on Clarence Parade, Southsea). This will be a chance to join in recording beach sounds, telling stories and having a go at recording water using hydrophones.
There are further open recording sessions where we will walk around the area and record sound. We are excited to be using Port Towns and Urban Culture’s Sailortown app created by Portsmouth University for some of these sessions, to explore historical connections to Queen Street and the surrounding area.
Danny will be at Boathouse 4 in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard from 10th July, constructing our sound boat. Entry is free and everyone is welcome to go along and chat to Danny as the sound boat takes shape.
For those not in Portsmouth, we will be podcasting throughout the project via Sound Cloud: Portsea Sound and encourage you to share your own recordings of sounds from port towns.
The Port Towns and Urban Cultures group is dedicated to furthering our understanding of the social and cultural impact of life in port towns from the eighteenth century to the modern period. Find out more.