Chris Watson, Dunstanburgh Diamonds, 2014. Photo: Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 14

Chris Watson, Dunstanburgh Diamonds, 2014. Photo: Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 14

Chris Watson, Dunstanburgh Diamonds, 2014. Photo: Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 14

Chris Watson, Dunstanburgh Diamonds, 2014. Photo: Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 14

Chris Watson, Dunstanburgh Diamonds, 2014. Photo: Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 14

Chris Watson, Dunstanburgh Diamonds, 2014. Photo: Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 14

Chris Watson, Dunstanburgh Diamonds, 2014. Photo: Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 14

Chris Watson, Dunstanburgh Diamonds, 2014. Photo: Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 14

Chris Watson, Dunstanburgh Diamonds, 2014. Photo: Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 14

Chris Watson, Dunstanburgh Diamonds, 2014. Photo: Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 14

Dunstanburgh Diamonds, Northumberland, 2013. Photo: Maggie Watson

Dunstanburgh Diamonds, Northumberland, 2013. Photo: Maggie Watson

Dunstanburgh Diamonds, Northumberland, 2013. Photo: Maggie Watson

This new commission by Chris Watson captures the voices and rhythms locked inside the Dunstanburgh Diamonds, presenting an ambisonic soundscape of Embleton Bay, from Low Newton to Dunstanburgh Castle in Northumberland. These ancient black dolerite stones are part of the Great Whin Sill, which lies exposed along parts of the coast whilst the surrounding landscape has been eroded around it. Countless tides have shaped the Whin Sill into smooth boulders that murmur, groan and growl with each passing ebb and flow. This new composition extracts the spirit of historic events and memories that have been stored in the stones for generations.

This event is part of our Digging for Sound weekends of new commissions, concerts and walks focusing on the geology, topography and mining legacy of the North East England landscape.

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Commissioned by AV Festival. World Premiere. 

Chris Watson: Dunstanburgh Diamonds

£8/£6 

Sun 16 March 2014, 7.45 (doors 7.15pm)

Sage Gateshead

St Mary's Square
Gateshead
NE8 2JR
0191 443 4661
sagegateshead.com