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Laura Daly’s The Storm Cone is a new AR (Augmented Reality) app revival of brass music and a celebration of the history of bandstands.

This site-specific spatial sound installation traces lost bandstands in England, using geo-locative and immersive technologies. It’s commissioned by Metal for NetPark, the world’s first digital park, and the University of Salford in Manchester for Peel Park.

Experienced via GPS mobile devices and headphones, audience movement will trigger and alter the 3D sounds of newly commissioned brass music by Lucy Pankhurst and eight adjacent digital soundworks in and around the sites of lost bandstands. They will be able to navigate through 3D model of a bandstand using the AR technology.

THE STORM CONE invokes places, people & historical situations in a fictional narrative that charts the devastation of a brass band during inter-war & wartime events. In the lost bandstands, a newly commissioned brass piece by Lucy Pankhurst (performed by Salford University music students) charts the departure of its bandsmen in a thinning ensemble of disappearing instruments (reminiscent of Haydn’s ‘Farewell’ Symphony); different areas of instrumentation & sounds are revealed as individuals walk amongst the absent musicians. In its vicinity, eight interrelated spatial sound works by Laura Daly follow the consequences of the musician’s departure. Informed by interviews, soundscapes & sound archives, they’ll also feature notes & melodies from the brass performance, creating a discursive, unified sound installation. Examining a break-up & reshaping of community, THE STORM CONE references conflict, refugees, female emancipation & the Great Depression, using sounds of the past to augment reality & reflect on current affairs.

Download the project information here.

Laura Daly is a multi-award winning artist (The Engine Room International Sound Art Competition and The New Contemporaries). She has multiple residencies and commissions to her name and has exhibited widely in group and solo shows.
Her projects are rooted in research, and explore the site in terms of the concealed, implied, absent and remote. She uses a variety of media including video, drawings, photography, mapping and sound in site-specific and site-related projects that range significantly in scale. Giving presence to absence, she considers the way in which notions of place and ‘absent place’ can be an embodiment of identity and how this can be used in terms of ideology, romanticism, marginalisation and subversion.
Audience interaction is an integral aspect in the development and realisation of her works which often manifest in a physical dualism and play with the viewer/listener’s sense of location. Her current area of focus is the tension between idealised place and embedded (hi)stories. THE STORM CONE is her most ambitious project to date.

Previous commissions include The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust, Comma Press and ArtSway. Exhibitions include The Eagle Gallery London, La Tallera Gallery, Mexico, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, ASC Gallery London, Morley Gallery, London, ArtSway, the New Forest, Mappin Gallery, Sheffield, Hochschule fur Gestaltung und Kunst, Zurich, Peterborough Museum of Art, The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail, Cubitt Gallery, London, Manchester Central Library and The Orchard Gallery, Derry.

Lucy Pankhurst is a composer based in the northwest of England. She is a performance (tenor horn, 2004) and composition (2007) graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music. In 2020 she was also awarded a PhD from the RNCM/MMU for her work focussing on contemporary applications of the traditional brass band (supervisors Professor Adam Gorb and Dr Larry Goves).