Buzzbeak visits the Country Shows
23 July 2012
A giant robotic musical bird named Buzzbeak
will be entertaining crowds at the Voe, Cunningsburgh and Walls
Shows this August as part of Engine Tuning, Shetland's
contribution to Roofless: Scotland's
biggest, most ambitious outdoor arts programme.
Anyone visiting the three country shows is
invited to get involved with the project by bringing along some of
their favourite music (all formats accepted: CD, cassette, vinyl,
mp3 or live vocal/instrumental performance if you bring your own
instrument) and Buzzbeak will remix the music and play it back!
Those who contribute a piece of music will also receive an
exclusive thank you card and invitation to book a free ticket to a
final celebratory event with Buzzbeak on Sunday 12th August.
All of Buzzbeak's recordings collected at
the country shows will be turned into a specially created piece of
music by local musician Tirval Scott which will be performed at the
final event. The sounds of Shetland will then be
played to the rest of Scotland as the condor visits Roofless events across
Artist Sumit Sarkar, in collaboration with
Duncan Turner of Carbon Lighting Ltd, created Buzzbeak from the
parts of a LandRover Discovery. Sumit Sarkar said: "The idea for
Buzzbeak was inspired by Transformers lore, most notably the
characters Soundwave and Buzzsaw, who transformed from a tape
player and cassette to a robot and condor, and were my first ever
Transformer toys way back in 1984. For Engine Tuning I have
reinvented the Transformers mythology to a positive, musical and
cosmic rhetoric, and am very excited about premiering the robot in
Shetland Arts' Visual Arts Development
Officer Clair Aldington said, "Shetland Arts is delighted to be
working with UZ Arts and to be involved in a national project of
this scale. We are particularly excited about the opportunities for
local people to be involved both through being employed for
elements of the project and through bringing items of music to
Buzzbeak at the country shows."
Shetland is one of five areas of the
country selected to take part in Roofless, a project
created and produced by Scottish events company UZ Arts. In its
first year, Roofless
aims to involve tens of thousands of Scots in free public arts
events, setting up collaborations between professional artists and
local communities to create a series of large-scale, spectacular
experiences in places where you might not expect them.
All of these events will be brought about by the community
working with Roofless
artists in some way. Shetland artists will benefit from the
interconnected artist network that Roofless will establish
across the country. The other participating areas are
Aberdeenshire, Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway, and Falkirk.
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