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Cosmic River: A Drift in 3 movements, a score from Simon Whitehead




34mins 49secs


About the Course

A drift is a way to move, carried by outside forces. Nondeterminate, the focus of this drift is to allow yourself to be guided by the elements that you encounter in your environment as you move through it, accompanied and altered by these river recordings made with prepared guitar on the Afon Dulais.

This piece happens in 3 continuous movements. You may decide to use the whole duration of the recording to accompany a drift, or use its discrete, shorter segments.

cosmic river offers a way of exploring your neighbourhood, your garden, the interior of your home – on your own, or in the company of a friend or companions (this could be in the same physical place, or remotely- simply begin the recordings simultaneously). Alternatively you may decide to sit somewhere with eyes closed and drift in thought, using the recordings to offer you a world to move through…

I recommend that you listen to these recordings through headphones, and turn the volume to .5 or .6 depending on how loud your device is (this is so that you can hear a mix of the recorded sound in conjunction with the live sounds of your environment).

Please be vigilant if you are walking in a built up area or near roads etc.

cosmic river is the latest in a series of improvised field recordings made on the Afon Dulais, close to my home in Abercych, Pembrokeshire, using a fender stratocaster to capture and express the ongoing, always shifting dance of this river and its place in a wider flow of things.

Let us know where the score leads you, where did you drift?

Your Instructor

Simon Whitehead

Over the last 20 years Simon has located much of his practice in the valley close to his home in Cwm Cych. Through walking in this Valley he collaborates physically in a world of materials and events- making itinerant performance, often fleeting, ephemeral and playful.
He hosts Locator, an ongoing incubator workshop that researches ecological ideas through movement practice, situated in Tycanol, an ancient sessile oak woodland in west Wales. He is currently growing a dance floor with plants and herbs at Plas Glyn y Weddw on the Llyn peninsula, Newground/Tirnewydd will be a place of encounter and touch in a fold of human, plant and wild life.

Simon is also a craniosacral therapist and is currently doing an AHRC funded PhD at Glasgow University; Soft Matter researches the relationships between ecological ideas, touch and movement practice.

Simon Whitehead
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