Sounds from a Room: Imogen Heap

Thames from Hungerford Bridge

Thames from Hungerford Bridge

working boats on The Thames

working boats on The Thames

A room for London: Thames and Hungerford Bridge

A room for London: Thames and Hungerford Bridge

Atop the buildings on the South Bank of The Thames is a boat.

An odd place for a boat. Part of an arts project A Room for London.

This evening, Imogen Heap live streamed over the net from the boat, and was shown on a large screen at Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre.

Three projects rolled into one: Heapsongs, the Listening Chair and Sounds From a Room.

Last week via the listening chair, Imogen Heap was collecting thoughts on The Thames, crowd sourcing for her new song You know where to find me, a perspective from The Thames.

Various themes came through which will be incorporated into the song:

  • Driftwood
  • Walking the Thames, Imogen has cycled the length
  • Quite strong, strong tide, but in slack does not move
  • Can we have a conversation with a river?
  • A him, Father Thames

Piano melody came in the early hours of the morning.

Storm hit during the night. The boat was rocking. Would it be blown off into The Thames?

Beautiful haunting piano melody.

Forgot the song, so new.

People stand around, just looking, can do this by a river.

A very public area with private thoughts.

Word cloud, distils thoughts.

Very little traffic on the river cf Thames River Pageant.

From the boat a view over the Thames and of Waterloo Bridge.

Does The Thames want to be young, blue and green?

Two hours sleep.

Pulled the lyrics together late morning.

You cannot force inspiration.

Just explain, not write, then relax.

Inspiration not on tap.

Used to live in a flat in Waterloo

Cannot write under pressure. Time lapse camera click click click …

Water a vital organ.

River has its off day, like us.

Artist’s favourite friend is procrastination.

Had hoped to finish the song, instead see the process.

Do you have a piano in Edinburgh? Filming will take place in Edinburgh.

Relationships, with the river, with each other.

Part will be filmed in Clore Ballroom after the live steaming.

Top Story in The Boatshed Essex Daily (Saturday 23 June 2012).

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