FORT PROCESS – PANORAMIC SCORES #5

The Fort Process festival, a production by the Lost Property arts collective, commissioned me for a new panoramic score composition, after last year’s IMAGIRO Landmannalaugar.

Work in progress.

my job today painting #panoramicscores #graphicscores #minimalism#workinprogress #inkandbrush #hills #roomwithaview #composer

Jobina Tinnemans - panoramic scores - painting

 

Somehow I always end up stitching my scores? #workinprogress #panoramicscores#graphicscores #canvas #fabric #inkandbrush on grass #fortprocess #Sept22

Jobina Tinnemans - panoramic scores - stitching

 

Today was a good day. Even though this line went absolutely rubbish  Done 24 metres. #painting #panoramicscore #graphicscore #workinprogress #fortprocess#sept22

Jobina Tinnemans - panoramic scores - painting on wall

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FORT PROCESS – PANORAMIC SCORES #4

Jobina Tinnemans - panoramic scores - Garn Fawr detail

The Fort Process festival, a production by the Lost Property arts collective, commissioned me for a new panoramic score composition, after last year’s IMAGIRO Landmannalaugar.

If the weather is going to be as forecasted I’ll be painting 40 metres of graphic score tomorrow, scary stuff!!!! This detail of my scale model will be about 8 metres long… #panoramicscore #inkandbrush premiere #FortProcess #Sept22

 

Jobina Tinnemans - panoramic scores - Garn Fawr detail

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Fort Process – panoramic scores #3

The Fort Process festival, a production by the Lost Property arts collective, commissioned me for a new panoramic score composition. I’ve been very much looking forward to starting working on it – it’s going to be much longer than last year’s IMAGIRO Landmannalaugar and wrapping through buildings of Fort Newhaven, starting today!

I’ve got the 40 metres of fabric! Plucked them out of the sky. #40metres#panoramicscore #graphicscore #workinprogress #inkandbrush #fortprocess#composer #premiere #Sept22

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FORT PROCESS – PANORAMIC SCORES #2

Jobina Tinnemans - panoramic scores - scale models

Fort Process festival, a production by the Lost Property arts collective, commissioned me for a new panoramic score composition, after last year’s IMAGIRO Landmannalaugar.

Work in progress.

Cut and splice #newanalog #hyperanalog #realtape #reeltape #graphicscore#panoramicscore #modular #composition #fortprocess #sept22

Jobina Tinnemans - Panoramic scores - cut n splice

 

I. Cannot. Stop. #scalemodel #panoramicscore #graphicscore #fortprocess #sept22

Jobina Tinnemans - panoramic scores - scale models

 

Somehow I can never find my metal rulers for cutting, but I always find my saw… 😂#andsoitbegins #panoramicscore #graphicscore #40metres #scalemodel #fortprocess#Sept22

Jobina Tinnemans - panoramic scores - saw

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Enduring Like A Tree Under The Curious Stars #4

I’m in the middle of developing a composition for choir for the opening of the renovated ‘Llwyn Celyn’ house by Landmark Trust. The sheer wealth of material about the place, landscape, history, language and nature gathered by research, by knowledgable commissioners, professionals, friends and colleagues is such a treat, I’ll be blogging little snippets to share the joy.

Llwyn Celyn is one of the finest surviving medieval hall houses in the heart of the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons, which is being restored into it’s full glory by the Landmark Trust. Click on the links to read more.

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photo from a Gwenhwyseg glossary archived by Iolo Morgannwg

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Gwenhwyseg

is a nearly extinct Welsh dialect from the Gwent region, it was spoken in the area around Llwyn Celyn. We want to bring the sounds of the language back into the valley, just for a moment, as such the lyrics of both works from ‘Enduring Like A Tree Under The Curious Stars’ will be in Gwenhwyseg.

Artist Stefhan Caddick is the creative producer and sound sculptor of the Llwyn Celyn opening performance on October 5-6 and he has been visiting the Gwenhwyseg dialect as part of his research for this project. He found some great glossary examples archived by Iolo Morgannwg, which brought him to the umbrella title of the production ‘as a Raven knows of singing’, freely translated from ‘cywnefin Bran a chann’. The glossaries are held in the archive at St Fagan’s National Museum of History.

If you would like to hear what Gwenhwyseg sounds like, Elin Jones is one of the last remaining speakers and Llwyn Celyn’s poet-in-residence Clare Potter interviewed her http://www.walesartsreview.org/a-i-r-dewch-gyda-ni-come-with-us/

Clare Potter: “As our conversation draws to an end, Elin compares this language we share to the river—’changing, staying the same, flowing on, endlessly different but still the same river.’ And though it is lamentable that her way of expressing Welsh is coming to its end, it has nourished and allowed for a new wave of dialect. And, yes we speak our Welsh differently, but it is this, our one language that binds us.”

And it is this what deeply interests me on a personal level about ancient dialects and languages of Western Europe. My native language is Limburgs rather than Dutch, spoken on the borders of Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. It’s a severely endangered ancient oral language which receives little research or protection. Yet, there are some strong indicators of it influencing modern English language, for example. From working on projects like Llwyn Celyn, I’m learning about synchronisities with other languages and origins of sounds used, as well as a certain sense of humor or sarcasm, the language in between the words, genetic to their linguistic characteristics, to find more background about my own deeply rooted heritage.

“No matter if the river water is different, it touches the same stones.”

 

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‘ENDURING LIKE A TREE UNDER THE CURIOUS STARS’ #3

I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF COMPOSING FOR CHOIR FOR THE OPENING OF THE RENOVATED ‘LLWYN CELYN’ HOUSE BY LANDMARK TRUST. THE SHEER WEALTH OF MATERIAL ABOUT THE PLACE, LANDSCAPE, HISTORY, LANGUAGE AND NATURE GATHERED BY RESEARCH, BY KNOWLEDGABLE COMMISSIONERS, PROFESSIONALS, FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES IS SUCH A TREAT, I’LL BE BLOGGING LITTLE NUGGETS TO SHARE THE JOY.

Llwyn Celyn is one of the finest surviving medieval hall houses in the heart of the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons, which is being restored into it’s full glory by the Landmark Trust. Click on the links to read more.

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Near Llanthony, Brecon Beacons

‘Enduring Like A Tree Under The Curious Stars’

is the final sentence of R.S. Thomas’ poem ‘A Peasant’, which I’ve included below. I hadn’t heard of it untill this commission and the words describe so accurately and painterly the modest but weathered routines of tradional Welsh farming life, still existing in the remoter parts of Wales. A life so down to earth and genuine, very worth writing poetry about.

My life has seen some radical changes which I followed up on intuitively, not really knowing what I was getting myself into. From an overly planned and artificial country such as The Netherlands, where I grew up, I moved to a remote peninsula in Pembrokeshire, Wales. First with a partner, who left pretty soon – leaving me in the trusted company of weather and solitude. This wild environment doesn’t do a half job, and however tough and unforgiving it can be, I realise that I feel extremely privileged for experiencing this fundamental reality first hand.

It’s such a beautfiful poem. The words fit ‘Llwyn Celyn’ seamlessly, enduring the wild weather of the Black Mountains for centuries, not only the human inhabitants but also the winged ones, the bats, and the building itself.

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‘A Peasant’ – R.S Thomas

‘Iago Prytherch his name, though, be it allowed,
Just an ordinary man of the bald Welsh hills,
Who pens a few sheep in a gap of cloud.
Docking mangels, chipping the green skin
From the yellow bones with a half-witted grin
Of satisfaction, or churning the crude earth
To a stiff sea of clods that glint in the wind—
So are his days spent, his spittled mirth
Rarer than the sun that cracks the cheeks
Of the gaunt sky perhaps once in a week.
And then at night see him fixed in his chair
Motionless, except when he leans to gob in the fire.
There is something frightening in the vacancy of his mind.
His clothes, sour with years of sweat
And animal contact, shock the refined,
But affected, sense with their stark naturalness.
Yet this is your prototype, who, season by season
Against siege of rain and the wind’s attrition,
Preserves his stock, an impregnable fortress
Not to be stormed, even in death’s confusion.
Remember him, then, for he, too, is a winner of wars,
Enduring like a tree under the curious stars.’

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#RSThomas #apeasant #composing #modernmedieval #choralmusic #llywncelyn #blackmountains #breconbeacons #bats #gwenhwyseg #cymru #landmarktrust  #whatdoesanartistdoallday #enduringlikeatreeunderthecuriousstars #october6

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