Dead Rat Orchestra 'Tyburnia' live soundtrack/Simon Scott sound installation/talks/museum events, Sun 7 Jun, CAMBRIDGE
Experimental folk collective Dead Rat Orchestra and 16mm filmmaker James Holcombe present
'Tyburnia' a new experimental feature film and live soundtrack exploring a radical history of crime, social justice and public displays of power in the UK, touring places of historical public execution across England, with discussions with diverse range of historians, political groups, psychogeographers and musicians at each site.
'For over 700 years there was a site of execution at Tyburn in London. Here those who fell foul of political, religious and judicial reforms enacted by the state were executed for public entertainment and instruction. A study of those executed at Tyburn charts a history of the UK, illustrating the twists and turns of monarchical and political whimsy, church and state, and the birth of capitalism.
At our current moment of enforced austerity and social reform, Tyburnia explores the parallels between contemporary and historical notions of crime in relation to business and property, the spectacular nature of punishment, and the state's use of the body as a site for political control.
Dead Rat Orchestra's soundtrack has revived 16th and 17th 'broadside' folk ballads (then used as the source of daily news on the street) as well as creating new pieces and new instruments using sounds, materials and secret thieves' dialects. James Holcombe's experimental feature film is shot on physical formats of 8mm and 16mm and uses hand processing and historical chemical techniques creating an evocative series of chapters exploring different aspects of the theme.
Listen to the Tyburnia soundtrack at The Wire:
In Cambridge Tyburnia events will take place at venues in the Castle Hill area, the site of castle and gaol where public executions took place. As well as the live soundtrack and discussion with Dead Rat Orchestra in the evening, in the afternoon at The Museum of Cambridge there will be a history walk, special display of related items from the museum collection not usually on show and Q&A. There will also be a chance to hear Simon Scott (Touch, Slowdive) soundwork 'Caxton Gibbet', created from field recordings of another Cambridgeshire place of execution.
'Tyburnia: Historical Crime and Punishment in Cambridge'
The Museum of Cambridge, 2/3 Castle St, Cambridge, CB3 0AQ.
Professionally guided history walk, display of artefacts from the museum's collection not usually on show and Q&A.
Includes free entry to the museum, usually £4.
Also a chance to hear Simon Scott's 'Caxton Gibbet' soundwork based on field recordings taken at another Cambridgeshire public execution site now overtaken by commercial development.
Places limited -- advance booking essential.
£5.50 inc booking fee.
Screening of James Holcombe's film 'Tyburnia' and live soundtrack followed by discussion with Dead Rat Orchestra.
Castle End Mission, 5 Pound Hill, Cambridge, CB3 0AE.
£8.25 inc booking fee.
Combined ticket: £12.65 (save £1.10).
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