Some quotes that have inspired the project:
“WE ARE ON THE CUSP OF A NEW PHILOSOPHICAL ERA REVERSING 500 YEARS OF SCIENCE TELLING US HOW INSIGNIFICANT WE ARE.” (MARK MASLIN, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON)
“As more and more people across global society piece together the internal and external layers of this alarming big picture; this collective, compulsive human violation of our planetary life-support system becomes one of the deepest and most pervasive sources of anxiety in our time.
Society has created taboos against the public expression of such emotion and anguish, so we struggle to realise that so many of us feel the same. We are held fast, sleepwalking through the shopping malls, distracted, paralysed and overloaded in a continuous barrage of information.
Over recent decades such collective fear and disempowerment have transformed the way we think about the future; from that exciting 1960s world of excitement, progress and anticipation – to a dark and uncertain world of fear. But if we only talk in terms of fear, chaos, collapse and devastation, we aren’t going to equip, empower and enable people – if we are unable to imagine a positive future, we won’t create it.” (Paul Allen, Centre for Alternative Technology)
OFF GRID FESTIVAL IS BACK FOR 2016 We’re super-excited to announce that, subject to a successful Crowdfunder campaign, Off-Grid Festival will be returning in 2016 with an all new event. The festival will take place from August 11th to 14th at the new Biophilia Project on Goffin Land near Exeter, Devon with a limited capacity.
MUSIC – The best of the local and grassroots. Come watch the pick of the acts each night in our beautiful timber-frame barn
- Five Finger Discount
- Voodoo Swamp
- Andy Letcher
- Insomniac Jack
- The TTs
- Dora Darling
- Fly Yeti Fly
- Avalon Roots (TBC)
- Nick Rosen – The Story of Off Grid in the UK
- Jay Tompt – REconomy and Local Entrepreneur Forums
- Johnny Gordon-Fairleigh – Stir to Action / The Future of Work
- Adelia Tisdall – Positive Money
- Julian Pratt – Land Value Tax
- Jonathan Dawson – Schumacher College
- Brett Scott – Alternative Finance (TBC)
- Anna Laycock – The Finance Innovation Lab
- Mary Daniels – Alternatives and NCS
- Jamie Catto – What about Intimacy?
- David Parkes – Community Juice
- Marcus Letts – Euboea.io
- Anton Chernikov – The Exponentials
- Gill Wyatt – Exeter Community Energy (ECOE)
- Trudy Turrell – Resisting Development as a Community
- Michael Thomas – Transition Network – Is Transition a revolutionary movement?
- Tony Conway – Vale Das Lobas: Innovation and Ancient Traditions
- Ecological Constellations with Audaye Elesedy
- Legal Surgeries (Low-Impact Planning and Renewables) with Sonya Bedford
- Social Enterprise Funding Surgeries with Alex Lawrie
- DIY Solar Panels & Battery Packs with Demand Energy Equality
- WeTheUncivilised – New documentary showing in our Off Grid Cinema. More films TBC
- Off Grid Kids Area and Forest School
- Serenity Field – Therapies and Well Being
- Crafts and Alt. Tech Area
- Wildwoods Bushcraft Zone with Sylvan Adventures
- Local and Organic Food at the Field Canteen
- Local and Organic Beers, Ciders and Wine
THE OTHER PLACE
A Vox-Popera by
Billy Bottle and The Multiple
“A diary in four dimensions”
A microcosmic journey across England in the last days of a general election campaign. 17 stories about Power from the people we met.
June 24th – Premiere at Barnfield Theatre, Exeter
June 30th – Arts House Cafe, Bristol
July 2nd – Art House Cafe, Southampton
Oct 8th – The Acorn, Penzance
Oct 13th – The Brunswick, Brighton
On the evening of 7th May, 2015, a pint of milk mysteriously appears at the gates of Parliament.
Set in the week running up to a UK general election, The Other Place tells the true story of two musicians from Devon as they make their way slowly to Westminster. On high streets, market squares and seafront promenades, they perform the same song, forty-nine times over, and at each stop they start conversations with whoever they meet, asking them ‘Who’s got the Power?’
At the end of a long and winding journey, they arrive at Parliament Square on a milk float to make their delivery: a symbolic reminder that the power doesn’t belong to the inhabitants of Westminster, it is given to them by the rest of us.
This journey through the foundations of British democracy inspired a sequence of songs whose lyrics come from the words of the voters (and non-voters) that Billy and Martine met on their journey. It is a celebration of gentler kinds of power and an invitation to the audience to make their voices heard.
Following on from their critically acclaimed album, Unrecorded Beam (the poetry of Thoreau), The Multiple features Martine Waltier, Roz Harding and Billy Bottle, (all mainstays of Mike Westbrook’s Uncommon Orchestra) plus flautist Vivien Goodwin-Darke (from the psychedelic rock band, Magic Bus) and recording artist and producer Lee Fletcher (of Unsung Productions) on soundscapes. Like the best art rock, they combine folk, jazz, pop and minimalism in an engaging and meaningful way.
Complete with wobbly camera footage and the sounds of the streets, this performance is a real democratic party in action!
From the album Solar Echoes
Cymatics, from Greek: κῦμα, meaning “wave”, is a subset of modal vibrational phenomena. The term was coined by Hans Jenny (1904-1972), a Swiss follower of the philosophical school known as anthroposophy. Typically the surface of a plate, diaphragm or membrane is vibrated, and regions of maximum and minimum displacement are made visible in a thin coating of particles, paste or liquid. Different patterns emerge in the excitatory medium depending on the geometry of the plate and the driving frequency.
The apparatus employed can be simple, such as the old Chinese singing bowl, in which copper handles are rubbed and cause the copper bottom elements to vibrate. Other examples include the Chladni Plate and the so-called cymascope.
A song entitled ‘Catch the Sun (Go solar)’ by guitarist and songwriter Ben Williams has been released to mark the Solar Trade Association’s Solar Independence Day 2015, the UK’s annual celebration of solar showcasing solar homes, commercial solar rooftops and solar farms and a series of public open days. The song, which is freely available to download on Soundcloud along with a music video on YouTube , was recorded in a solar-powered recording studio at The Premises in Hackney, with backing singers from the solar industry, green NGOs and from the Philippine and Ethiopian embassies – two countries vulnerable to climate change impacts.
Watch the Video below:
MORE ABOUT THE SONG
As a guitarist Ben Williams has supported a who’s who of British talent including Mick Hucknell, Will Young, Chic and M-People. He has also recently released his own album, ‘Who do you think you are?’. Ben wrote his catchy solar song for free, to help raise awareness of climate change and highlight the importance of solar as a solution.
Ben Williams, the songwriter, said:
“I wanted to get involved because climate change is such a serious issue and people can feel helpless about what to do. There’s something special about solar. Not just because it’s genius technology but because, as the song says, it puts the power to act in millions of hands. The energy and climate debate is very political and bogged-down by big vested interests. Nothing reaches people like music. I wanted to try and reach out to everyday people with a hopeful message.”
The Solar Trade Association helped to organise the recording working with The Premises who have been long term supporters of solar power. Not only does The Premises boast the first solar-powered recording studio in Europe but their involvement in solar campaigning helped to secure the UK’s Feed-In Tariff scheme which has led to over 660,000 solar homes across the UK.
Julia Craik, Managing Director of The Premises said:
“We really enjoyed recording this catchy track in The Premises solar-powered studio, it’s a great way of supporting solar in the UK. We take a really keen interest in climate change issues and aim to do more than just run a business. We installed the first professional solar powered recording studio in Europe and campaign to encourage more businesses to join us using reliable and effective renewable technology. We’re really happy to be involved in this year’s Solar Independence Day.”
Sonia Dunlop, Communications and Public Affairs Manager at the Solar Trade Association, who is organising solar events and open days across the country for Solar Independence Day on 3rd and 4th July said:
“Solar Independence Day is all about reaching out and celebrating the joy of solar. And nothing marks a celebration like music – it is great that this nationwide event now has its own soundtrack too. Solar is transforming the way we generate energy, democratising our energy supply as well as helping to avert dangerous climate change. We hope that is reflected in this song.”
The STA is inviting people to post their own versions of the song – or indeed showcase their own solar installations in a video – on the STA’s Facebook page.
Supporters are also being asked to write to their MPs as part of the Climate Coalition’s ‘For the love of solar’ campaign, where people can send a ‘solar heart’ to their MP to urge them to take action on climate change.