During the Coronavirus lockdown, I found myself browsing through the many sounds I had recorded in the recent years of train journeys from Cambridge to London. They provided, in a strange way, an escape into urban life, now suspended, as we suspend our own lives. I wanted to publish these sounds not as sounds to listen but rather as background noise for the people who may have lived with it on a daily basis, or for others who wish to discover it. This is a journey from Cambridge Station in the UK, terminating in Mortlake, West London, via Liverpool Street Station, London Underground and Waterloo Station.
"Heard not seen", a new short audio filmscape about a playground. In Victorian times they used to say that children should be seen and not heard. These days the fear and politics of photographing children have changed in such a way that it's considered suspicious to photograph them, yet capturing the sound they make is another matter. Heard not seen marks the presence of children and the spaces they play in without actually seeing them. Recorded with binaural audio, best experienced with headphones. 3'38", single channel HD video, 2016.
Lee Abbey Beach, North Devon. Recording for the British Library project with the National Trust, "Sounds of our shores". 2' 54", 2015.
fear of water. Track made for World Listening Day on the theme of Water. Using space sounds from NASA and water molecules manipulated by laser beam from Kelvin Building, Glasgow University, combined with own sounds and music. Broadcast on Centro de Cultura Digital radio station, Mexico City and featured in Cities and Memory, UK. 2'59", 2015. Buy the audio from the Bandcamp page.
Cambridge bicycles. Field recording composition using sounds of bicycles, captured near the back of King's College, Cambridge. Produced for World Listening Day, a compilation by Sonic Terrain. 3'52", Wav, 48kHz/24bit, 2014.
Bolton. Soundscape & images of the town of Bolton in the northwest of England. Produced for Worktown Observation Centre, Bolton. Single channel HD video, 16:9, colour, 04'16", 2014.
Braga. A sound postcard of the city of Braga in the north of Portugal, combining field recording sound and photography. A personal re-visit to a place of happy memories, cast in shadow by absence of friends and the country's economic downturn. Single channel HD video, 16:9, colour, 04'30", 2015.
second skin. 2011. Trailer for short film. HD Video. 16:9. Colour. Stereo. 17 minutes. ‘second skin’ is a visual study on memory, alienation and innocence by first time filmmaker and visual artist Juno Doran, using film to explore her own identity and roots, as the links with her past disappear. There is no narrative and the film is charged with visual content, allowing the viewers to be taken through the different stages of a personal journey into the past, present and future, in a free and uncompromising way, resulting in a possible metaphor for the journey of life itself. The film is divided into five different chapters, showing the progression of her personal journey: the arrival, visiting her birthplace, now a derelict space, observing life as it happens outside of her involvement, following her toddler son as he discovers the world, and finally with a dramatic visual conclusion summing up the noise and entanglement of life and memories. Although referencing personal issues to the director with a great level of intimacy, this film does not offer specific information about dates, places or people involved, allowing anyone to relate to it in many levels. “second skin” is Juno Doran’s film début, made primarily as an introduction to the medium of film as well as a work of personal reconciliation with the erasing of roots with her birthplace, following the death of her grandmother. It was made with minimal video equipment and under very difficult conditions. The film is also her début in editing and sound design. Please contact to purchase a copy for personal use.