Gwen Siôn, HS2 Ghostlands Experimental Music Piece and Instrument

1, 50 x 10 x 8 cm, Fallen / Felled tree branches collected from the locations, 2021 

Gwen explores endangered woodland through the architectural qualities of sound. She uses non-traditional musical composition methods, field recordings and collects physical fragments of the landscape to create hand-built instruments, such as from fallen or felled tree branches. 'HS2 Ghostlands' connects people to the natural environments that will be lost through the construction of High Speed Rail 2, including 108 ancient woodlands and wildlife habitats. The project includes a digital archive of audio recordings in the form of an interactive sound map, a set of musical instruments and a newly composed piece of experimental music. It is the result of extensive research at 18 sites across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and the outskirts of London over a 5-month period. Gwen graduated in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins.

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27 September 2021


Art Prize Shortlist 2021