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About the soundscape

A reading by Tamar Yoseloff, with improvised sound composition by Douglas Benford and imagery by Vici MacDonald


Douglas Benford and Tamar Yoseloff performing the soundscape at Formerly‘s Poetry Library launch

• When read aloud, Formerly’s insistent rap-like rhythms and percussive sound repetitions conjure up the vibrant, seedy streets in which the poems are set. In order to bring them fully to life, Tamar Yoseloff collaborated with the sound artist Douglas Benford to create a “soundscape” – a live, semi-improvised sonic backdrop to a reading of the full sonnet sequence, accompanied by a projection of the corresponding images. Capturing the forlorn, sometimes menacing atmosphere of both the poems and photographs, this soundscape has been performed at the launch of each Formerly exhibition, and also at London’s experimental Horse Improv Club.
• Performance videos are on Tamar Yoseloff’s YouTube channel.


Douglas Benford

Saison Poetry Library • 11 December 2012
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1
Horse Improv Club • 23 October 2012
The Horse, 124 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1
The Poetry Café • 18 June 2012
The Poetry Society, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2

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