Janitors of the Ridiculous and the Beautiful

  • The Boneyard
  • Tatterdemalion Grove

    Tatterdemalion Grove - installation proposal

  • Burning Bright

    Burning Bright


Osteoscopic Sound

Early 2018 and I’m resting up in the Boneyard with a broken leg and broken shoulder. Looking for creative things to do whilst the bony splitters slowly glue themselves back together I re-visited an old design from years ago – an Osteoscope – a device designed to send artistic probes deep into a broken bone… Well, we turned it on, cranked up the Ossilator, primed the mythic confungulator and fired a series of Ortho-Sonic probes into the fractures before they fully healed.

We have the audio readings in & are now in a position to reveal some of the results. Specialists we consulted likened the recordings to:

  1. The radio station playing on a fossilized car stereo half buried in a bone littered beach on the sea of dreams
  2. The soundtrack to an imaginary film about phantom scientists driving dodgems on a giddy carousel
  3. A plea for help from a submerged mythical village as it rises out of the mist once a year.


The Accountants of Gloom

Category : Background, General Info, Stuff and Nonsense · No Comments · by February 6, 2018

Well, another year and February has it’s cold damp filaments lurking around your extremities, the Accountants of Gloom are clattering away at their spreadsheets, there is a surplus of Grey and even the windows look like they want to pack up and go home early. The instinct to hibernate inside the Boneyard is strong; curl up under a pile of old rags and nestle in to the rusty treasure, pull a bin lid onto your head and style it out like a sleeping Clanger. While we’re here we’ll tidy up the Boneyard a little, throw out the rotting unidentified bits and buff up the precious things. You never know, if we save up enough old screws and nuts and bolts for the Iron Chicken, she might lay an egg for us in the Spring…

Below: Design for a Machine to Ward Off the Accountants of Gloom

photo collage of winter gift giving machine


Burning Bright

Category : Current Work, General Info, Processions · No Comments · by December 8, 2016

Burning Bright is a night-time procession for street, town & festival sites. From the forests of the night and the sinews of the heart comes a scrapyard menagerie of illuminated beasts & creatures accompanied by musical towers, performers, lights, & pyrotechnics. Forged in the wild places of the human imagination, Burning Bright combines high intensity animation of beasts & puppets; live music and sound and dazzling, atmospheric pyrotechnics. This is a bestiary that roars out from the page and onto the streets in a constellation of energy and delight.

Contact Us for more detail, pricing and tech specs.

photo of obby oss and beastBurning Bright mini Sketch


Tatterdemalion Grove

Tatterdemalion Grove is a world to wander in day and night, a wasteland garden of kinetic sculptures and animated detritus, for green or empty spaces, festival sites, abandoned car parks and urban wastelands. The installation features the Umbrella Tree, an absurd mechanical contraption of motor driven umbrellas and the Hurly Burly, a mobile sound sculpture, sonic amusement and junkyard delirium.

Inside the grove we will be a menagerie of small synthesizer and sound making devices; a collaboration with Farmer Glitch, creator of bespoke hand held electronic instruments. These will be hanging from carousels & structures and with both portable & static speakers we will create an ever changing live soundtrack & audio playground. The Grove will involve workshop and interactive elements, for example culminating in a noisy Wassail and communal performance every evening.

Contact us for more details, pricing & tech specs.

Tatterdemalion Grove concept sketch


Skimmity

Skimmity is a processional delirium of wild music, mobile towers & sound sculptures, pyrotechnics and performers. Drawing on traditions of noise in ritual and celebration, free jazz, street music and sound art, Skimmity brings a right riotous racket to your streets.

Strange noises fill the air: the skronk of the saxophone, the thunderous funk of percussion, the parping of horns, hooting of sirens, clanging of bells and wafting columns of coloured smoke announce the arrival of Skimmity…”

Contact Us for more detail, pricing and tech specs.

photo collage of Skimmity paradeSkimmity concept sketch


The Umbrella Tree

Category : Current Work, Interesting Stuff, Stuff and Nonsense · No Comments · by September 18, 2016

Short video of our new mechanical sculpture/installation – The Umbrella Tree, available to hire now for festivals and events, in urban or landscape settings. Email us for more details.

UmbrellaTree from Rag and Bone on Vimeo.


Pandamonium Parade Video

Category : Current Work, Processions · No Comments · by September 13, 2015

New video footage of our Pandamonium Parade, filmed at Spare Parts, Fleetwood Festival of Transport in July 2015.

Rag & Bone – The Pandemonium Parade (Spare Parts Festival, Fleetwood – July 2015) from Rag and Bone on Vimeo.


Burning Bright

Category : Background, General Info, Interesting Stuff, Processions · No Comments · by February 3, 2015

burning bright collage
Burning Bright – An Illuminated Bestiary
We are looking for partners and co-conspirators to help develop new work for processional performance. Burning Bright: an Illuminated Bestiary; is one such idea.
We envisage this project as ranging from small to large scale work:

  • An intimate, touring show inside the mouth of a Leviathan: with live soundtrack and music, puppets, video and illuminations. Watch as the Ghost Zoo is born from the Belly of The Beast and join in a mini parade of animated detritus, as it emerges from the Leviathan’s nether regions…
  • A grand street delirium summoning giants, creatures and beasts from the edges of science and the wild lands of the imagination… From the forests of the night and the sinews of the heart is forged a totemic menagerie: A Paleolithic Whale-Ark of Shadows; The Mudskipper Chorus; The Bioluminescent Ghost of an Elk; The Last Industrial Tyger in Britain; The Owl Carousel; A Constellation of Deep Sea Horns; and others yet unknown…

We want to engage directly, viscerally and generously with audiences, and have ideas we would like to research & explore around: high intensity animation and performance of beasts, puppets and devices; mobile sound sources and generation; LED, electro-luminescent and other low voltage lighting; integrating fire, pyrotechnics and special effects into parades and much more.

“it is vain to dream of a wildness distant from ourselves…it is the bog in our brains and bowels, the primitive in us, that inspires that dream” Henry Thoreau
 

“One human life is deeper than the ocean. Strange fishes and sea monsters and mighty plants live in the bed rock of our spirits” Ben Okri


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The Orchard Knows a Thing or two…

Category : Current Work, Interesting Stuff · No Comments · by January 19, 2015

Photo of Tim Hill and the Big Noise Wassailling in a Somerset orchardIt’s Wassail time, and Tim Hill’s been busy scaring evil spirits away from the Orchards of Somerset and Devon. He’s pictured above with the Big Noise street Band at a wassail in Taunton. All hail the Mighty Apple, and the golden alchemy of Cider! The orchard knows a thing or two…