Sound Gallery secures Emergency Response funding from ACE

Sound Gallery’s new project ‘The 1000 Birds Symphony – Letters from Isolation’ will involve 3 new commissions produced through remote collaboration between Sound Gallery’s team and musicians who are isolated during lockdown. Musicians from Exeter & the surrounding areas will be invited to record and submit field recordings of birdsong. Our team will collate the recordings and will use the manipulated voices of 1000 birds to create ‘letters from isolation’. This ambitious project will also produce a series of short promotional videos and recorded performances that will be streamed on online platforms accompanied by visualisations and still images. 

The 1000 Birds Symphony involves artistic collaboration, new technology, innovation, community engagement and is a creative way of raising awareness of our connection with the natural world and it fragile inhabitants, birds: the forgotten musicians, the troubadours of hope.

This fund will also enable our organisation to develop and diversify its services to respond to the challenges posed of the coronavirus pandemic. The fund will help our organisation overcome the current lockdown situation and help us emerge through this crisis so we can continue service our community and be a sonic beacon for musicians and artists in Exeter.

The fund will be used to develop new services, including online music technology tutorials, music industry advice sessions and online mixing and mastering services. We wish to develop new ways of working remotely and to encourage online artistic collaborations.

The fund will also be used to upgrade our website to represent our current services and make it more accessible to the general public. It is important in the current climate to have a strong online and social media presence as a recording studio and hub of creativity.

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