2019-08-28 Broken Orchestra - Fair Winds River Walk (4) App

Fair Winds and Following Seas

Presented by The Broken Orchestra featuring Vicky Foster

Fair Winds & Following Seas: "A nautical phrase of good luck – a blessing – as a person, group, or thing is said to depart on a voyage in life. Expressing hope for the voyager to reach their destination under favourable conditions without interruption, strife or detour and to follow a safe journey home."

Creating an unique, intimate and immersive exploration of the River Hull with a soundscape written for a landscape, we invited an audience the opportunity to re-imagine the ever changing world around them through music and words.

An immersive audio walk presented at Freedom Festival Hull, users just needing a smart device and a pair of headphones to participate. By downloading a free app, we set people on a journey along a per-determined route to enjoy time with their own thoughts and imagination. Using GPS locative sound to trigger and change the music, poetry and spoken word at the pace of the user, the musical composition would seamlessly change at specific locations along the route, immersing the user into the dynamics of the soundtrack.

Aimed at locals and tourists, with an option for touring, Fair Winds & Following Seas had a second presentation at BBC Contains Strong Language.

Commissioned by Freedom Festival Arts Trust in partnership with Hull Yorkshire's Maritime City. 

With support ACE project funds and BBC Blue Room.

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Written by Vicky Foster. Soundtrack by The Broken Orchestra.

'Vicky, and her son Joseph, both attempt to come to terms with the violent man that was in their lives, and how to move on from the past, their humanity and personalities intact, and build a future.'

Winner of The Imison Award 2020 at the BBC Audio Drama Awards, this immensely personal one woman show written by Vicky Foster captured the lasting impact of a real-life experience.

Funded by BBC and Arts Council England we wrote, composed and performed the full soundtrack, with the piece received multiple airings on BBC Radio 4 and was performed live as part of BBC Contains Strong Language.

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Written by Vicky Foster. Music by The Broken Orchestra.

Home has many meanings, especially in a place of transition, like Hull.

Taking a look at our hometown through different sets of eyes, the combination of live music and spoken word blends to create a soundtrack of personal meanings and views.

Commissioned by Hull Jazz Festival and performed by alongside Vicky Foster in the Autumn 2019 edition to a full house at Hull Truck's studio theatre, Home is a blend of Vicky's storytelling poetry and our layered atmospheric soundscapes.

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Extra Life

Written by Joe Hakim. Soundtrack by The Broken Orchestra.

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IF YOU COULD ESCAPE YOUR UNIVERSE, WOULD YOU?

THE ROLE YOU PLAY DEFINES YOUR REALITY.

ARE YOU THE MAIN CHARACTER IN YOUR OWN LIFE STORY?

With Joe Hakim’s distinctive spoken word performance, this four-part musical movement was our first collaboration and actually begun life as a lockdown experiment to escape isolation.

Best experienced wearing headphones, you can be transported to another dimension while on the bus, in the bath, or by simply gazing up at the sky; allow yourself to be carried along by the story and music and make the time to escape into ‘Extra Life’.

Four short bursts of a condensed, grand narrative were designed to be enjoyed as individual songs or collectively as one epic sequence. Serialised over four nights as part of the Freedom Festival at home, the project was free to listen to for a limited time on the festival app.

Earlier this year, Joe’s debut novel ‘The Community’ made the longlist for the 2020 British Science Fiction Awards.

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Written by Joe Hakim. Soundtrack by The Broken Orchestra. Visuals by Anna Bean.

BEST WATCHED IN THE DARK

November 1988 – A night out in Hull meant only one thing: Romeo’s & Juliet’s. This ‘den of vice’ on Jameson Street was central to late 80’s nightclub culture, a place where people came to find themselves, find love, and drink their problems away.

A young man in crisis steps on the dancefloor. He’s out to forget his troubles, but something happens to him, something he’ll always remember.

Something he hasn’t shared for 32 years.

Until now.

Created for Hull Truck at Home as part of The Meanwhile Festival, we worked again with Joe Hakim to create an immersive soundtrack which explored the emotive side of the listener.

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