SILT a performance by the Arbonauts was commissioned by Metal, Southend and finally took place in Sept 2021 as a part of the estuary festival after being continually moved due to Covid/lockdown.
Lee was commissioned to compose the score which he ran and improvised with live using a bespoke 20 speaker soundsystem which was put together in collaboration with Bart of the excellent Direct Input sound hire Co, all the sounds used were recorded in the locale of the performance and the good thing about all the lockdown caused delays was that Lee had plenty of time to record all along the estuary in the Shoeburyness area.
Sounds recorded included local wildlife out on the extensive mudflats, underwater hydrophone recordings of fish, crustaceans, boats and percussionists playing on the water surface, the wind blowing through the swimming pool railings making panpipe type sounds, kite flying, local fairgrounds etc.
A local singer named Cleo Lane helped by composing/singing a beautiful song to the plaedes stars (The Plaedes were used as navigation aids by generations of sailors) – this song was sampled and used in different sections of the performance
The performers were all volunteer cold water swimmers and it was so much fun to work with them, the Arbonauts (again) and choreographer Becky Namgauds.
The performance was very well attended/received and ran on 2 consecutive thankfully clement evenings – the sunsets were kind and the performances were timed to fit with the falling tide revealing the tidal swimming pool during and as a part of the performance.