DRIFT | HUM
Drift | Hum is a body of audio works which investigates our immediate environments through the relationship between human and nature in our new, unfamiliar landscapes found during the 2020 global pandemic. By exhibiting sounds and words, the artwork focuses on how sound perception, through listening, can invoke visual perception as a way of interpreting subtle changes in our environment.
Through the quietness, intimacy and the return of undisturbed nature, undamaged by human activity in lockdown; to the reappearance of human sounds, the droning of mechanical machineries concealing the emergence of wildlife with the easing of restrictions; and the tensions and anxieties of the long term effects of human habits – these audio works are used to create an auditory visual awareness of the environment and conduct a deeper attentiveness of our relationship with the world.
Drift was composed by Field and Foley recordings, with the inclusion of spoken words. This audio performance uses specific locations, sounds and words to detail the relationship between human and nature and capture the visual characteristics and noises of these settings which saw their soundscapes change through the transitioning of phases.
The arrangement of Hum was composed through Foley sounds and human vocals and continues the reoccurring theme of the relationship between human and nature introduced in Drift. The act of touch and feel against the surfaces of a single sculptural sound object was performed to compose the Foley sounds – resulting in a droning soundscape. The vocals were used to recreate a human interpretation of this soundscape and engage a conversation between person and nature, reflecting on the sounds and our experiences of the everyday. The vocals on Hum were performed by Pete Last.
Drift | Hum was commissioned as part of The Arts Institute Covid-19 art fund, launched in June 2020, which invited artists to respond to the provocation ‘Everything has changed. Nothing has changed. Change is coming’. The series features five different art-forms and supports artists working in the South West, UK. Andy Cluer was selected to represent the Spoken Word category.