Award-winning sound artist and composer Kaffe Matthews has created The lock shift songs, a new sonic installation commissioned by the Canal & River Trust and IF: Milton Keynes International Festival 2014.

The installation will premiere at the Festival and run for the entire 10 days (18 - 27 July), located within a shopping unit in centre:mk.

Click on the video link below for an introduction to the work by the artist.




Inspired by the Grand Union Canal - which connects London and Milton Keynes - the development of The lock shift songs has engaged waterway communities and canal users, as well as workers and volunteers based in the Canal & River Trust’s Milton Keynes head office.

Having collected sounds (including from under the water in the canal) and stories in her 80-mile walk along the Grand Union from London to Milton Keynes, Kaffe has written songs - recorded by singers from the Milton Keynes area - and created a 36-channel composition that will emanate though a series of large 'sonic beds’ that people can lie in.

These sonic beds will vibrate and pulse to the surrounding soundscape thereby creating a sense of flowing and moving water, providing a fully immersive and sensory experience for the visitor to the installation.

For more news and reviews on life on the UK's inland waterways network, see: Narrowboat or barge? Canal boats explained or First ever Canal Laureate Appointed.