Throughout the year Simon has been working on a commissioned project for OSR Projects in West Coker, Somerset, UK. He is one of three commissioned artists who are responding to the site of Dawe's Twine Works, a Victorian twine making site that has in recent years been renovated and restored.
Simon's work 'Trace Evidence' is presented as a sound installation across the whole site of the twine works. A number of headphone listening points are positioned at various points around the main building and along the 'ropewalk' so that one may chart the process of twinemaking from a bygone age.
The sound elements are mainly generated from retracing grooves worn into the hard materials of the works, such as metal nails, glass rods, wooden blocks and steel baths. The sounds of each groove were collected and combined to create one long journey between the points.
A second part of the work is a lathe-cut vinyl record, containing a further two compositions using the source sounds. The concept is to hear the sounds created by one set of grooves being heard played from another. One further element is that through continued playing, a lathe-cut vinyl record deteriorates, which means the sound will eventually disappear into the past once again.
Project blog can be found HERE and the vinyl record can be purchased HERE