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More Than Words Festival - Day 3

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Clarissa Maycock 11:05, Monday, 19 March 2012

The final day of the More Than Words Festival included pirates, spheres & grumpy crabs - with many other listening experiences along the way.

The Bluesette Trio

The Bluesette Trio perform at the More Than Words Festival

A second day of workshops in took place yesterday (Sunday 18th March) in Bristol University's Merchant Venturers Building, including a masterclass from storyteller Peter Snelling and a workshop about creative technologies from Bristol's Pervasive Media Studio.

Music performances continued all day in the atrium, including music from the Bath Choir, the Bluesette Trio, eclectic band Baajo, Lade Nade & the Silhouettes and composer Victoria Bourne playing the Alphasphere. The Alphaspere is a new music instrument, invented in Bristol, made of forty-eight pressure pads arranged round a sphere. The sound generated is different depending not only on which key you press, but also on how strongly you press it. The result is a very unusual listening experience.

Victoria Bourne and the Alphasphere

Victoria Bourne demonstrates the Alphasphere

There were more BBC show recordings, including Radio 4 favourites Broadcasting House and With Great Pleasure. St George's hosted Broadcasting House at 8.30, which was transmitted on Radio 4 a short while later. Paddy O'Connell had some seafaring Bristolian visitors in the shape of the Aardman puppets which will be featuring in their upcoming movie "The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists". From the open ocean to the bottom of the sea, Alison Steadman, Tony Robinson and Geoffery Palmer starred in Tidal Talks at the QEH Theatre. @servicejunkie took to Twitter to congratulate Tidal Talk's star Alison Steadman, saying "your Sea Anemone was exceptionally funny! Bravo!" However @davidsonlizzie claimed "for me, Geoffrey Palmer took the prize. His gruff and grumpy hermit crab had me giggling uncontrollably."

Pirate puppets

Aardman's Pirate puppets visit Broadcasting House

Cerys Matthews and her guitar took the audience at St George's on a journey from Wales to Spain via Dylan Thomas during the recording of With Great Pleasure. @emmafurious enjoyed the event, exclaiming "What a Mothers Day treat! @stgeorgesbris @BBCRadio4 #MoreThanWords event With Great Pleasure @cerysmatthews what a voice."

Cerys Matthews

Cerys Matthews records With Great Pleasure

The festival concluded with a final Sound Adventurers workshop which showcased innovative listening experiences such as Harriet Bowman's Field Song installation, a series of magnetised hanging sculptures which play music when you walk through them.


Baajo perform at the Merchant Venturers Building

Here at Radio 4 we hope everyone who took part in More Than Words enjoyed it, whether it was to attend a workshop or the recording of a show. Or, if you are like @jorence you may have enjoyed the atmosphere for simpler reasons... "There's nothing quite so entertaining as watching a @BBCRadio4 audience jockey for the best seats at a #morethanwords event".

To celebrate Radio 4's More Than Words Festival, I have been blogging from Bristol during the weekend. Previous blogs can be found on the Radio 4 website. I work as a producer on the Radio 4 and 4 Extra Interactive team - CM


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