Mark Goodwin (audio)

Thuds of Sea-Crash, from St Juliot

Mark Goodwin writes: This is a short section from my unpublished book-length poem From a St Juliot to Beyond a Beeny. The poem expresses a walk in North Cornwall from St Juliot church to beyond Beeny Cliff (of Thomas Hardy fame). This extract is located around the top of Beeny Cliff. All the background sound has been digitally produced, and my voice was recorded aboard my boat (where I live) in Leicestershire, England. A reworked extract from ‘St Juliot’ appears in the Longbarrow Press anthology The Footing.

closer to ground to hear (‘Stalker’ improvisation)

Recorded during the closer to ground to hear audio-visual installation at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, on 17 November 2012.

Hen Prayer

‘Hen Prayer’ accompanies Paul Evans’ new ‘Hen Cloud’ painting in the second phase of the Seven Wonders series (of collaborations between Evans and several poets). You can read the poem and view the painting here. Recorded on moorland south-west of Sheffield, 21 July 2012.

Stanage Volumes

Partly constructed from an interview with Paul Evans in his studio in Sheffield, March 2010. Recorded by Mark Goodwin, April 2010.

River Through Names, Chee Dale (Mark Goodwin and Paul Evans)

Commissioned by the artist Paul Evans for the 7 Wonders exhibition. Mark Goodwin: ‘This poem consists largely of transcription from an interview with Paul Evans in his studio. ‘Sports Climbing’ is a low risk but extremely gymnastic form of rock climbing that makes use of pre-placed protection in the form of bolts drilled into the rock. Rock climbs, or ‘routes’, tend to be named by the first ascensionist. The name ‘Johnny’ refers to the extremely talented pioneer rockclimber Johnny Dawes.’ Recorded by Mark Goodwin in Chee Dale, Derbyshire, April 2010.

Hollow Ancestor

Vocal improvisations recorded by Mark Goodwin on the Zennor field path, Cornwall, early 2009. ‘Hollow Ancestor’ actually comprises two separate improvisations (‘Hollow Cottage’ and ‘Ancestor Cottage’) that were mixed by accident during a routine demonstration of audio software. Released on the limited 3″CD Ish Coast Etched (Longbarrow Press, 2009).

Dark Bird With Corner

From the Longbarrow Press pamphlet and CD Distance a Sudden. This version was performed at the Fat Cat, Sheffield, 24 January 2010 (as part of the Distance a Sudden launch). Four machines (CD player, cassette player, two dictaphones) and one speaker (Mark Goodwin, whose contributions are infrequent and brief) make a ‘tape fugue’ of the poem ‘Dark Bird With Corner’ as it runs in and out of phase with itself. The distant voice and the distorted voice shift emphasis throughout. Tape op and mixing by Brian Lewis.

Hollow Ancestor (live)

Two vocal improvisations (‘Ancestor Cottage’ and ‘Hollow Cottage’) recorded by Mark Goodwin on the Zennor field path, Cornwall, early 2009 are replayed simultaneously on two CD players. Performed at the Fat Cat, Sheffield, 24 January 2010 (as part of the Distance a Sudden launch). Live mix by Brian Lewis.

‘A young blackbird…’

a young blackbird tips / the lovely jug of himself / his song spills through woods 
Posted on Day 1 of Call & Response (@Callhaiku, 20-30 September 2012). Recorded at Creswell Crags, Worksop, 14 June 2012.

‘A soaring raven…’

a soaring raven / drops her crock-crock it falls through / air into your ear
Posted on Day 3 of Call & Response (@Callhaiku, 20-30 September 2012). Recorded at Creswell Crags, Worksop, 14 June 2012.

‘The lake lapping…’

the lake lapping as / a heron scrapes his scythe-voice / against a stone sky 
Posted on Day 6 of Call & Response (@Callhaiku, 20-30 September 2012). Recorded at Creswell Crags, Worksop, 14 June 2012.

‘A jenny wren…’

a jenny wren gen / erates volts of song the hedge / crack ling quick hot notes
Posted on Day 9 of Call & Response (@Callhaiku, 20-30 September 2012). Recorded at Creswell Crags, Worksop, 14 June 2012.

‘A woodpecker’s thuds…’

a woodpecker’s thuds / quickly repeated trickle / t h r o u g h w o o d e n d i s t a n c e
Posted on Day 11 of Call & Response (@Callhaiku, 20-30 September 2012). Recorded at Creswell Crags, Worksop, 14 June 2012.

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