I have just launched a new project commissioned by the Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums in Newcastle, UK, called Tributaries. I’ve been working with the museum for over a year on it and it’s finally available for everyone to experience.
Tributaries aims to give insight into the daily reality of life, loss and love on Tyneside during the First World War. I worked with the archives and museum to uncover materials from 100 years ago that express what life was like back then – everything from diaries to newspaper articles to weather logs to sports scores – and then re-animated those writings with the help of local volunteers who expertly voiced them for us.
The resulting experience is a site-specific combination of a new musical composition infused with this content which is geographically distributed throughout the region for participants to discover as they wander.