Satsymph Hermes (The Temple of Hermes) is a mobile immersive media soundscape app. The app contains Intricately programmed layers of contemporary music, poetry and prose (as above).
The work’s theme is Hermes, traditionally messenger of the gods, guide to the Underworld, patron of thieves and liars, of literature and poets, as well as of boundaries and those who, as in this work, “travel across them”. In other words, a trickster god; and definitely a rogue.
Download the app HERE (update 22 May 2020: link will go live when released by BCP Council who, understandably, do not want to be seen to be encouraging people to congregate currently). Then go to Hamworthy Park in Poole, open the app, put headphones on, and walk around the park to access the experience.
PLEASE BE CAREFUL WHEN USING THE APP. WATCH OUT FOR OTHER PEOPLE AND OBSTACLES AT ALL TIMES
Hermes' is a 2020 remake of the original ‘On a Theme of Hermes’ (2012) using the same sound material. The remake is kindly supported by BCP Council.
The original ‘On a Theme of Hermes’ was kindly supported by:
Arts Council England - Lottery Funded
PRS for Music Foundation
Lighthouse - Poole's Centre For The Arts
BCP Council (Then 'Borough of Poole')
Music: Marc Yeats, Bristol Ensemble.
Words: Ralph Hoyte
Voice acting: Ralph Hoyte, Tania Haberland, Jesse Meadows.
Code: Phill Phelps
Hermes is a SATSYMPH production (satsymph.co.uk)
Satsymph have produced this soundscape specially for Hamworthy Park. It will play only in Hamworthy Park and nowhere else. You can either 'hunt the soundpools' visible as coloured shapes on your screen (see the video), or you can just stick your phone in your pocket and explore with your ears. Play with the sounds and find out what they do as you, for example, turn round and round on the spot or track a particular sound you find interesting! Be adventurous and explore the whole of the park!
The app is free to use and you don’t need a phone signal after downloading – just GPS