Owen invited Giles Bailey, Jamie Hammill, Nellie Saunby, Sophie Soobramanien, Kit Poulson and Amy Grace; musicians Corey Mwamba, Yvonna Magda and Matthew Lovett; and interventions from Claire Vaughan and Chris Brown and students of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, The Baffling explores the ritual of soundtracking, the nature of collectivity and redrawn relationships between film, sound and performance.
Owen has previously worked collaboratively within care environments, women’s institutes and with various collectives of musicians and artists. He has made experimental films that use live soundtrack to reframe interviews of ageing communities, and arranged gigs that undermine the hierarchical relationships between music, sound and the body.
Among other interventions, The Baffling brings together the following:
Islanders, by Giles Bailey, Jamie Hammill, Nellie Saunby and Sophie Soobramanien, combines performance with filmed sequences exploring the construction of island identity. Amy Grace and Kit Poulson will use voice, sound loops and different languages as they attempt an interrupted conversation that spans the British Isles. For The Baffling Corey Mwamba will contribute vibraphone to the continuous soundtrack whilst demonstrating how his movement and vicinity resound as a composite instrument. Matthew Lovett will contribute improvised percussion to the continuous soundtrack and Yvonna Magda will perform with a mixture of acoustic violin, electronics, loops and effects. Cardiff based activist and promoter Claire Vaughan will reflect on her relationship with sound and music. Chris Brown will perform a short, illustrated lecture about musical tuning systems, and demonstrates why Howard Goodall describes our current Equal Temperament system as ‘one of man’s most audacious attempts to tame the elemental force of nature’.With sonic interventions from students of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama