In search of Captain Cat of Llareggub (radio art)
by Colin Black (2014)
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Inspired by the fictional blind character of Captain Tom Cat in Dylan Thomas's classic Under Milk Wood, this sound composition unearths the captain's secret soundworld that is based both on actual location recordings and constructed dreamscapes. It is a soundworld full of the lyrical, sonic charm of Welsh fishing villages, nuanced from Captain Cat's melancholic and nostalgic yearning for the past. In a sense we are travelling along sonic pathways into memories that dissolve into acoustic dreams; as in Thomas' work, 'the long drowned nuzzle up' against our ear and tease the living, in this new auditory experience.
Duration: 25 min.
Difficulty: N/A - Not for live performance — Intended for broadcast by terrestrial radio and/or live webcast. It may also receive concert performances, diffused over two or more loudspeakers. Please play the work from start to finish without breaks between the movements
Commission note: Commissioned with funds provided by Australia Council.
Interviewees: Gerald Morgan, David Jenkins, Winston David Evans and Yasmin Evans. Sea Shanty Singer: Gerald Morgan Captain’s Voice: Clive Woosnam
Archival recordings courtesy of Meinwen Ruddock-Jones and the audiovisual archive at St Fagans, National History Museum. Archival recordings include “Y Wasgod Goch” as sung by Mr Robert Pierce Roberts and Mary Jane Rees’ interview about the Welsh myth of adderstones.
Location recordings from Wales, edited, compiled and mixed at Frequency Oz (Australia) by Colin Black.
Produced, composed, recorded and mixed by Colin Black ; Assisting Producer: Yanna Black.
Radio art, radiophonic, sound composition.
Special thanks to: Bernard Clarke, Yanna Black, David Jenkins, Winston David Evans, Yasmin Evans, Meinwen Ruddock-Jones, Ian Heights, Mair Humphreys, Kevin Sumption, Captain John Dikkenberg, Clive Woosnam, Stephen Adams, Peter Gage, St Fagans, National History Museum, Ceredigion Archives, Dolphin Spotting Boat trips (New Quay), The Australian National Maritime Museum and the crew of the HMAS Advance and HMB Endeavour. This project has been assisted by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, it's arts funding and advisory body.
2015 New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards, Gold Trophy Winner, Sound Art Category
Selected for broadcast on the following radio stations:
RTÉ Lyric FM, Nova, 12 October 2014
Resonance 104.4fm (London), 21 October 2014
Soundart Radio 102.5fm (Totnes), 12 October 2014
ABC Classic FM, New Music Up Late, 8 November 2014
RTÉ Lyric FM, Nova, 9 November 2014
Radio Campus Paris, Récréation Sonore, 30 November 2014
WGXC 90.7-FM, Radio Theatre, (Hudson, USA), 11 December 2014
106fm קול הקמפוס [Kol HaCampus], אמנות רדיו [Radio Art] programme, Tel Aviv, Israel, 28 December 2014
Radio Campus Grenoble, part of the Week of Sound festival, 7 Feburary 2015
HRT Hrvatski Radio [Croatian Radio], Glazba i obratno, 2 October 2015
Awards & Prizes
|2015||New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards||Gold Trophy Winner, Sound Art Category||Colin Black|
- In the form/style of: Sound Art
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