AV FESTIVAL 14: DIGGING FOR SOUND
Fri 14 2014 – Sun 16 March 2014
Fri 21 2014 – Sun 23 March 2014

These two weekends of new commissions, concerts and walks focus on the geology of North East England, from the lead mining landscape of the North Pennines to Neolithic rock art in Northumberland and the Whin Sill of ancient black dolerite stone along the coast.

Some of the UK’s most exciting musicians have responded to the geology and topography of this landscape, with five world premieres of new work by Lee Patterson, Rhodri Davies & John Butcher, Common Objects, Chris Watson and Richard Skelton.

The commissions are accompanied by two screenings of films by Pat Collins about landscape, sound and memory. The filmmaker is present to discuss the films with the sound recordists Chris Watson and Susan Stenger.


Lee Patterson: Orefield

Fri 14 March 2014, 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm)

Sage Gateshead

Orefield explores the North Pennines lead mining industry, an industry prevalent until its decline began in the late... more


John Butcher and Rhodri Davies: Roughting Linn

Fri 14 March 2014, 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm) 

Sage Gateshead

This new performance by the duo John Butcher (saxophone) and Rhodri Davies (harp)... more


Common Objects: Cup and Ring

Sat 15 March 2014, 8pm

The Mining Institute

Common Objects is an ensemble of composers and improvisers lead by harpist Rhodri Davies including: John Butcher (saxophone... more


Chris Watson: Searching for Diamonds

Sat 15 March and Sat 22 March 2014

Low Newton Carpark

These sound walks with Chris Watson explore the particular sounds stored along... more



Chris Watson: Dunstanburgh Diamonds

Sun 16 March 2014, 7.45 (doors 7.15pm)

Sage Gateshead

This new commission by Chris Watson captures the voices and rhythms locked inside... more 


Richard Skelton and Elysian Quartet

Sun 23 March 2014, 8pm

Brinkburn Priory

Richard Skelton is an artist who creates music, text and assemblages resulting from a deep, sustained engagement... more


Pat Collins: Silence

Fri 21 March 2014, 8.30pm

Tyneside Cinema

Silence follows the journey of a sound recordist returning to Ireland for the first time in 15 years, to record landscapes free from man-made sound... more


Pat Collins: Tim Robinson: Connemara

Sat 22 March 2014, 6pm

Tyneside Cinema

The artist, writer and cartographer Tim Robinson has been extensively mapping and studying Connemara, in the west of Ireland, for... more