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Stolen Voices

A new piece of music composed for Seaham in County Durham

The Sounds of Seaham was performed live at the Roobarb and Custard café in South Crescent, Seaham on 8 May from 6pm.

Using eavesdropping, ‘hanging out’ and listening, Stolen Voices has been created by artists and musicians and features sounds and voices from Seaham.

Since March, Johanna Linsley and Rebecca Collins have been based in Seaham, a coastal town in East Durham. They have been working with community groups and local residents to gather snippets of conversations and sounds of the town. Working with composer Mariam Rezaei, they have created Stolen Voices - a piece of music that celebrates how sound makes a place unique and examines the boundaries between the private and the public.

“Everyday we all negotiate the borders between public and private as part of living together in a town or city. We all overhear things and add our own thoughts and interpretations. At the same time, surveillance and privacy are important topics for everyone. Stolen Voices prompts people to think about the lines between public and private spaces.”

Stolen Voices is an on-going enquiry by Johanna and Rebecca as they use eavesdropping to map the UK coastline. More information is available at www.yourstolenvoice.com

Stolen Voices Seaham has been supported by funding from Arts Council England, East Durham Creates and Helix Arts.

The programme also featured in a recent Radio Newcastle piece. Click here to listen.

(Images of Stolen Voices, Seaham, 2016, photos: Colin Davison)

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