Counterflows Community Interventions

The idea of community is surely about getting together in some way. How can people get together for a festival in our currents circumstances? We can’t but we can try something different. We consulted Belfast composer extraordinaire Brian Irvine to lay down a couple of challenges, things to get us thinking and doing. The Counterflows’ Community Interventions are the results.

It has been hard for us all over the last year. Cooped up inside, watching too much television, so we decided to look at ways that we can all take part in something together. There are always ways to make music, make noise, shout out, whether that is in the house or outside next to your favourite tree. For the Community Interventions we have asked various community groups and artists to think of how to make music in different and unusual ways.

Below are a wide range of ways that participants have taken part. One thing to note is that you can and should at different points play more than one of the files at a time. Especially the wonderful Alternative C contributions. If you press a selection of these at once you will create a wonderful cacophony of sound.



Horn and Deodorant
Cornet and Human Noises
Cornet and Pillow
Duet for ring modulated bamboo flute and dog (biscuits) with squeaky brussel sprout
Tuba and water bottle
Cornet and Sea Shanty
Cornet and microwave
Trombone and Clocks
Trombone and The News
Paper cups and straws
Gwendolyn Brooks and Harmonica
Voice and swing in C
duet with monkey
duet with cat
under a table in C
In a doorway in C
duet with flushing toilet
C on tree swing
Duet dancing and soundtrack
I love Trees in C
Duet with Panda
hanging upside down C
hanging C
water and singing
Popcorn and drums
xylophone and rain
popcorn and drum 2
Not in C either
in C
voice and kettle
voice and kettle 2
blackbird and drum
Harmonica in C
voice and light switch
Ukelele on C
violin in C
Violin in C 2
voice and organ ccc
dipping and dripping
in C 2
In C 1
Glass in C
Next door's hoover in C
2 trombones in C
Cornet in C
Trombone in C
Trombone in C
Cornet in C
Cornet in C
Trombone in C
C with Coffee Machine
Tuba in C
Tuba in C 2
Tuba in C 3
Tuba in C 4
Trombone in C
guitar and bird song

Commission Credits

Brian Irvine
musician/co-ordinator Glad Foundation
Rory Haye
musician/co-ordinator Gorbals Youth Brass Band
Lauren McCormick Foden
producer/ project manager
Matilda Strang
Liam Chapman
Leon Reimer
Sophie Boyd

Commission supported by: