Bandstand (2013)

Bandstand is a collection of digital audio performances for Bandstands from The Other Way Works.

Download the Bandstand App from the Google Play Store. or download the mp3 files to use on any device.

Bandstands invite an audience. Lonely, empty stages standing ready at the centre of parks and squares. They seem resonant with what has happened there, and ripe with possibility. Our Bandstand Audio Theatre Experiences invite you to inhabit these spaces afresh creating a new performance event which places you at the centre of the action. Listen to the stories unfurl as you take a trip around the bandstand with these exclusive, intimate performances designed just for you.

The Bandstand Audio Theatre Experiences were created by artists from The Other Way Works and influenced by local history research and conversations with park users and local groups. The final pieces are like short radio plays that tell a new fictional story that is inspired by each bandstand and park, to be experienced in the environment in which they’re set.

Produced by The Other Way Works Commissioned by Black Country Touring Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Bandstand featured as one of “10 digital arts projects we love” by Sync

November 22, 2013 by

We were very excited to find out that our Bandstand project has been selected by Sync as one of their recent “10 digital arts projects we love”.

They said:

“it’s a beautiful way of finding new ways to read these historic spaces through digital technology.”

You can read the full article here.

We are in rather excellent company, with other highlighted projects including Hello Lamp Post and the V&A’s recent Memory Palace Exhibition.

Lightwoods Park Bandstand

July 16, 2013 by

Lightwoods Park
This is just an ordinary park on an ordinary day: a man with a baby circles the park; a man huddles on the bandstand; a woman walks her labrador across the grass; a skater practices his moves in the skate park.
But look more closely and traces of magic appear: snowy footprints on the grass; a glimpse of a large animal in the trees; a ghostly figure walking out of the locked up house; the crack of ice…

Solo – A mysterious story inspired by Lightwoods Park. To be listened to alone.

Credits:
Produced by The Other Way Works
Commissioned by Black Country Touring
Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

Concept & Direction Katie Day
Writing & Research Katherine Maxwell Cook
Produced by Katie Day & Katherine Maxwell Cook
Sound Design Mark Day
App Calvium
Illustration Luke Thrush

Additional text Mr Naylor
Voices Mr Naylor, Ali Belbin, Greg Hobbs, Gareth Nicholls, Catrin Talbot, Katie Day
Musicians Mark Day (various), Nick Mather (double bass), Paul Lawson (drums), James Atashroo (trumpet)

West Park Bandstand

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West Park
Step back in time to a carefree, sunlit Sunday in post-war Wolverhampton. Music wafting on the breeze, the sharp taste of lemonade in your mouth, and your dance partner’s hand on your back as you whirl together around the bandstand. But as the clouds begin to gather a decision needs to be made, and one that will change the course of a whole life.

Solo – The story of a couple told from the woman’s perspective, to be listened to alone.
2-Person – The story of a couple told from the woman and the man’s perspective, to be listened to at the same time as a partner, one listens to the man and one to the woman.

Credits:
Produced by The Other Way Works
Commissioned by Black Country Touring
Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

Concept & Direction Katie Day
Writing & Research Katherine Maxwell Cook
Produced by Katie Day & Katherine Maxwell Cook
Sound Design Mark Day
App Calvium
Illustration Luke Thrush

Voices Ali Belbin & Greg Hobbs
Brass Band Chapeltown Silver Prize Band recorded at Chapeltown Park, Sheffield, 2012

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Lightwoods Park Audio Extract

July 12, 2013 by

Listen to an audio extract from the Lightwoods Park experience.

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West Park Audio Extract

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Listen to an audio extract from the West Park experience.

How to try the experience

May 3, 2013 by

Download the Bandstand App onto your phone;
-Visit West Park, Wolverhampton or Lightwoods Park, Bearwood, Sandwell with half an hour or so to spare;
-Stand near the Bandstand and launch the Bandstand App;
-Follow the on-screen instructions and enjoy!
-Let us know what you think afterwards by tweeting or emailing us

Launch Events – save the dates

April 4, 2013 by

We are hoping to have the Bandstand App available on the iPhone and Android stores in early June, but the focus of the launch of the app will be two events in the parks themselves in July 2013.

Launch Events

West Park, Wolverhampton:  Wednesday 10th July 2013, 3-7pm
Lightwoods Park, Bearwood: Thursday 11th July 2013, 3-7pm

These events will be free and informal, and will be an opportunity to experience the Bandstand audio pieces in the company of other interested people, and meet the creative team behind them.

New collaboration for Lightwoods Park – Development blog – Katie Day

January 17, 2013 by

Katherine has been busy over the last few months researching for the Lightwoods Park, Sandwell Bandstand piece. This is a completely new story, developed through conversations with several community groups and park users.

One of the main features in the park (apart from the Bandstand obviously) is skate ramp. We were keen to involve this in our story somehow, and feature the people who use it regularly.

This led us to Mr Naylor, a local MC, keen BMXer and skate park regular. We’ve asked him to write some small sections that will be part of the audio experience, and eventually we’ll record him performing them too. This is our first collaboration with an MC, so its all new territory. We like the rough texts he’s sent through so far, so we hope that we can bring it all together in a way that makes sense! His style is very different from Katherine’s (who is writing the rest of it), so it might be a bit of challenge to integrate it all. We do think its worth the trouble though, as it adds a local authentic voice to the piece, and has the potential to open up the finished piece to a different audience.

Walking around the bandstand – Development blog – Katie Day

December 17, 2012 by

After a long break from working on the project (due to my maternity leave) Katherine and I were back out in West Park, Wolverhampton testing the newly recorded version of our Bandstand audio theatre piece.

Obviously it ended up being December when we got onto outdoor testing again, and it was a seriously chilly day. But undeterred we each tried out both parts (man & woman) of the two-person experience, paying special attention to the timings – checking that listeners/participants will have enough time to enact their instructed movements (e.g. walking around the bandstand) before receiving their next instruction.

We were pleasantly surprised at how close it already was to being right, but there are still lots and lots of tweeks to timings, instructions, placement of text within the soundscape etc. Katherine and I have sent our notes to Mark Day, who is creating the soundscapes for the pieces, and he is now polishing these up and adding more in the way of music and atmosphere to compliment the storytelling and instructions.

In order to help Mark visualise what the audience will be doing, and as a way to record timings I took a few useful but utterly dull videos of Katherine walking between certain points. They do however give you a few clues about what the audience members will be doing as part of the experience. Here they are for your viewing pleasure .. (it really does look cold doesn’t it?!)

Bandstand in Development

July 28, 2012 by

Work is underway on our current project – Bandstand.

Bandstand is a series of audio theatre experiences designed to be enjoyed in situ on a bandstand.

Check out the Bandstand microsite for blogs and updates about the project.