Caroline Devine to create new piece celebrating Milton Keynes

Caroline Devine

Composer Caroline Devine has been selected to create a large-scale artwork celebrating the sounds of Milton Keynes in its 50th anniversary year.

The project is part of City Club and will be led by Bletchley Park working in partnership with Milton Keynes’ arts and heritage organisations, the Open University and MK Gallery.

The artwork will explore the heritage of Milton Keynes and the way in which sound relates to people, memory, time and place.

Commenting, Caroline said: I am starting a sonic investigation of Milton Keynes that will include sounds, signals and voices from the city. I’ll be listening, researching archives, making field recordings and interviews and presenting this work both in the form of a multi-channel sound installation and online.’

The resulting piece is set to be installed in centre:mk in October 2017.

Iain Standen, Bletchley Park Trust chief executive officer, said: Bletchley Park is an important element of the heritage of Milton Keynes and we are proud to be playing a part in the 50th birthday celebrations.

‘As Bletchley Park is a birthplace of the digital age, it is very fitting for us to lead the digital strand of the City Club project, and we look forward to Caroline Devine’s innovative work delivering a bridge between the past and the future, and an exciting experience for everyone to enjoy.’

Caroline has twice been nominated for a BASCA British Composer Awards: in 2014 for On Air, a large scale outdoor sound installation for The Open University campus in Walton Hall; and in 2013 for 5 Minute Oscillations of the Sun, outdoor multi-channel sound installation in the Dome, Theatre District.

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Caroline Devine. Image credit: Reid Photography