Laura Daly The Storm Cone at Peel Park, Manchester and online, 29 May 2021, free entry - Visit now
Commissioned by University of Salford Art Collection and Metal, The Storm Cone is an immersive artwork by artist Laura Daly with music composed by Lucy Pankhurst, which reveals the lost bandstands in our municipal parks and explores their forgotten histories. At its centre is a journey through music and sound that considers our relationship with the past, while charting the fading away of a brass band during the interwar years (1918 – 1939). The Storm Cone is experienced in the park setting, through a free app and using headphones. Initially it immerses the visitor in the 360˚ sound of a band performing as a full ensemble in the park. Augmented Reality allows the visitor to witness the ‘skeleton’ of a traditional bandstand as they experience the music. Moving amongst the absent bandsmen, the audience will hear the detail of every instrument, before following the departed musicians into eight spatial sound works, where solo musical phrases merge into new environments. An offsite version will also be available on the project’s dedicated website, making The Storm Cone widely available. The Storm Cone will be located where the bandstand once stood in Peel Park, Salford.