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Sylvia Hallett – Bolt and Latch

Time has become very present. Not thinking about the future, nor the past. 

In spite of that the days whizz by but the year seems to have gone slowly. 

I have nearly finished making a side gate for my elderly neighbour. 

Tools needed: 

drill, saw, wood, hammer, nails, assorted screws, screwdrivers, string. 

For the sound assembly I use all of the above, plus some effects pedals. 


Take some floorboards donated by another neighbour, 

take the pallets of an unwanted futon bed, 

take the tongue and groove from a recent revamp in my kitchen, 

listen to radio and wood pigeons, 

gather dried branches

talk back to singing robin

recollect spring birds, 

lay out wood and assemble however it will fit.

press record.

In March 2020 I was bowing twigs, branches and vines, while at the same time using pedals to manipulate the sound, the result was the albumTree Time. 

During the course of the year I have been occasionally recording the human and natural sounds as they occur in my back garden. I also recorded some “live playing” indoors using saw, bowed branches, with effects pedals, and worked on the results in logic.Bolt and Latch is a 20 minute journey into this sound world.

It took quite a bit of time to figure out the simplest way to fasten the gate. 

String is useful.

- Sylvia Hallett

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Sylvia Hallett

Sylvia Hallett works as an improviser and as a composer, often collaborating with dance and theatre makers - Miranda Tufnell, h2dance, Wonderful Beast, BBC Radio drama. Currently she has an active duo with trumpeter Chris Dowding -Sylvia & I, and plays in the bandThe Heliocentrics. 

She is known for her unusual interpretation of “bowed instruments”, playing anything from violin, sarangi, hurdy-gurdy, saw, to bowed bicycle wheel, bowed sawn-off lampshade, or more recently bowed branches and vines, mostly with the accompaniment of 3 small effects pedals.

She plays solo, in ad hoc groupings and sometimes with the London Improvisers Orchestra. 

Previous groups include British Summer Time Ends, Accordions Go Crazy, Laxula.

Previous solo albums: Skimming (MASH), Let’s Fall Out (MASH), White Fog (EMANEM), Tree Time (Bandcamp 2020), releases fromThe Heliocentricsin 2020: Infinity of Now, and Telemetric Sounds, both on the Madlib Invazion label.