18 & 19 June 2022 Saturday & Sunday 2:30 – 6:30pm
Running Time : 8 minutes 20 seconds. Free Entry
This piece of work is one of the 5 pieces that are selected from DIVFUSE Sound Archive No. 2 – an Open Call for work that are based on field recordings.
‘Llantysilio’ explores the soundscape around the small church at Llantysilio, a community near Llangollen in North Wales. The church stands by a weir where water from the River Dee is diverted into the Llangollen Canal, which passes through the town towards the Pontcysyllte Aquaduct, a World Heritage site built by Thomas Telford from local iron. This part of north-east Wales, close to the English border, is a confluence of historical forces and natural features. The Dee, the canal, Telford’s Holyhead Road, the railway to the coast (torn up under Beeching), pass in close proximity to each other. The church at Llantysilio stands at the headwaters of this historical logistical network, but the church and its yard are quiet places of contemplation. This composition, based on field recordings at the site, uses percussive plucking of an acoustic guitar within the church and ambient sound from the churchyard to evoke the echoes of industrial history that reverberate within the Dee valley.