What happens when you ask people to reimagine a melody lost in time?

Fort Burgoyne Artist commission

What happens when you ask people to reimagine a melody lost in time?

When lockdown happened, award-winning sound artist and composer Emily Peasgood had to create parts of her new artwork—I Would Rather Walk With You—online. Previously, Peasgood planned to work with the local community in workshops to imagine and recreate sounds that might have been heard at Fort Burgoyne throughout its history. These sounds would feature in the final work. Instead, she taught local people how to create and record high quality sound effects on their mobile telephone during lockdown. 430 sound recordings were submitted, and the artist will create blogs about them in the coming months. The first explores what happened when people were asked to recreate a melody for a Victorian song—The Grand Revue In Dover—whose melody is lost in time. They came up with these fantastic responses which demonstrate creativity is still alive during this difficult time.

LISTEN here to the tracks

Peasgood says: “It’s impossible to know how this long-lost song may have once sounded, but the responses demonstrate imagination and musicality, and I can’t wait to feature some of them in I Would Rather Walk With You. All in all, the online process of working with local people has made this artwork stronger and better. I’m pleased to say that COVID-19 hasn’t hindered creativity in any way”. For more information, read the full story HERE

I Would Rather Walk With You  is commissioned for Pioneering Places. Delivered by The Land Trust at Fort Burgoyne, with the assistance of Dover Arts Development [DAD]. Funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England, Kent County Council, Canterbury Christ Church University and Historic England.

Pioneering Places  is part of the national Great Place Scheme, an ambitious project that will make East Kent an even better place to live, work and visit by exploring heritage, developing civic pride and connecting artists and communities. Four projects in Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Ramsgate are being led by cultural organisations to encourage local people to get involved and shape the place where they live.