Hermes

RALPH HOYTE

HERMES

'I Thee Bid Welcome to The Temple of Hermes': interactive spatial audio soundscape layered over Hamworthy Park, Poole, Dorset. Kindly supported by Poole Borough Council (futher credits please see Soundcloud) ONGOING WORK - completion April 2020!

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'This is a recording of one experience of Hermes on location.: as you negotiate the experience with your ears and legs everyone's experience will be different. It's not 'a studio-mix', it doesn't make 'sense' unless you mix in the sea, the wind, the terns, people walking their dogs...

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‘Hermes’ is a ‘mobile immersive media soundscape’ containing intricately programmed layers of contemporary music, poetry and prose layered over Hamworthy Park/Poole/Dorset/UK. The work was commissioned especially for Hamworthy Park. You download ‘Hermes’ onto your smartphone, then literally walk around the park to hear it. 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 bit of a trickster!

You access this parallel soundworld or ‘virtual auditorium’ by downloading the app (containing all the content and instructions your phone needs). You then go to Hamworthy Park. Just before you enter the park (or from the car-park) you simply open the app, put your head/earphones on and go explore this intelligent, location-responsive environment. The app is free to use and you don’t need a phone signal after downloading – just GPS.

CREDITS

music: Marc Yeats
poetry: Ralph Hoyte
coding & audio-engineering: Phill Phelps
voice: Tania Haberland
voice: Jesse Meadows
soundscape build: Satsymph (Marc Yeats, Ralph Hoyte, Phill Phelps)

‘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 the Borough of Poole.

The original ‘On a Theme of Hermes’ was kindly supported by:

Arts Council England - Lottery Funded
PRS for Music Foundation
Labculture Ltd.
M Shed
Lighthouse - Poole's Centre For The Arts
Borough of Poole
Arnolfini Gallery
Bristol Ensemble

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what you see on your screen as you navigate the parallel soundworld with your ears and legs. You can look at the constantly evolving soundworld on your screen and navigate to whichever living soundpool you find interesting, or just stick your phone in your pocket and use only your ears

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