By the Sound of Things \\ Kate Davies

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By the Sound of Things is an immersive audiovisual experience onboard the unique steam-powered, Mersey-built boat, the Daniel Adamson (The Danny).

From the deck of one of the last surviving Manchester Ship Canal tugs, the audience is invited to feel the vast echoes and epic scale of the modern shipping industry and consider the extent and impact of our insatiable consumerism on local and global environments.

Submerged beneath the waterline, mariners rest below deck between watches – their cradle song is the aching sounds of a ship against water. A nautical soundtrack transports wayfarers to a vast and veiled world – a subaquatic acoustical mirage. Featuring deep sea hydrophone recordings depicting the marine ecosystem disrupted by man-made ship noise, this hypnotic binaural sound work tells the story of the journey of a container as it travels from the surface to the bottom of the ocean.

An accompanying film focusing on the world above water presents a collision of the extraordinary and the banal that defines the image of global sea trade – an absurd narrative of ordinary things. Containers loaded and unloaded, the rhythmic motions of cranes performing an industrial-scale ballet, the transporting vessels of the global shipping industry forge sonic trails across oceans to bring us our things; the necessary and frivolous, the coveted and the disposable.

Please note, cruises are one way and timings (and prices) for each cruise includes onboarding, and travel back to the embarkation point.

Cruise 1 – Arrive at Telfords Quay (Ellesmere Port) at 10.30am, for an 11am cruise departure
10.30am-11am – Check in and board the boat
11am – Cruise departs Telfords Quay (Ellesmere Port)
2pm – Cruise arrives at Latchford Lock (Warrington)
2.10pm – Board the bus to depart Latchford Lock (Warrington), transporting you back to Telfords Quay around 2.30pm-2.45pm

Cruise 2 – Arrive to Telfords Quay (Ellesmere Port) at 3pm for a 3.15pm coach departure
Arrive Latchford Lock (Warrington) at 3.45pm-4pm
4pm cruise departs Latchford Lock (Warrington)
7pm cruise arrives Telfords Quay (Ellesmere Port)
7pm-7.30pm alight boat


Working with the Daniel Adamson Preservation Society team, we have taken into account government guidance relating to social distancing, and will safely accommodate you and your group throughout your time with us. Please bring your own face mask. There will be hand washing / sanitising stations around the site.

By the Sound of Things by Kate Davies is commissioned and produced by Abandon Normal Devices. Presented by Abandon Normal Devices with the Good Business Festival. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England and Culture Warrington, with further support from The Daniel Adamson Preservation Society.

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