This collaboration provides an opportunity to present a unique, personal and yet wide ranging exploration of the issues facing these buildings and traditions. While there are many references to past traditions, the work invites participation and stimulates dialogue concerning the present and future of the Welsh chapel.
Mae'r cydweithio hwn yn cynnig cyfle i gyflwyno ymchwiliad unigryw personol, ond eto'n eang, o'r materion sy'n wynebu'r traddodiadau a'r adeiladau hyn. Serch bod llu o gyfeiriadau at draddodiadau'r gorffennol, mae'r gwaith yn gwahodd cymryd rhan ac yn symbylu deialog ynglyn â phresennol a dyfodol y capel Cymreig.

' Memories of chapels, fragments of the past distilled into film, distorted movement, images of time passing. The video explores the fragile and unstable role of the chapel in the environment and community. Created with a found analogue camera the video is composed from everyday journeys around West Wales, editing done on camera, incorporating new technical ideas as and when they occur, creating an abstract, evolving work using process to reflect concept.
The sound of welsh hymns and choirs emerge from the past hissing and crackling repeating fragments, shifting and merging to create new uncertain rhythms. Using old record players and old recordings of welsh religious and choral music, the music is fragmented and reformed. Through this I hope to create a contemplative work which is both a memorial to the past role of the music and its associations and a method of transforming the sounds for a new era.
Clywir sain emynau a chorau Cymreig o'r gorffennol, wedi ei drawsnewid i greu cerddoriaeth newydd. Trwy ddarnau sio ag ailadrodd, gobeithiaf greu darn myfyrgar sydd yn goffhâd i'r rhan a chwaraeodd cerddoriaeth a'i gysylltiadau, ac yn fodd i drawsnewid seiniau ar gyfer cyfnod newydd.'

Welsh born artist Jacob Whittaker graduated from WWSOTA in 2003 and is based in Ceredigion.

'This song-cycle grew out of my work with Llangrannog Community Choir, my involvement with Canolfan Crannog, and an idea of buildings retaining, in their silence, a memory of the ebb and flow of people gathering together to sing and give thanks. The work aims to develop the sounds that this "full" silence might contain - local voices singing songs based on traditional musical forms, such as hymns, while elements such as the echo/canon, shifts in rhythm, and dissonances or tone-clusters reflect the effect of time on these floating layers of sounds. The work starts at this point and moves toward clarity and the present moment.
Listening to spaces, listening to the interaction of voice and space, of voice and voice, listening as an act of love - these are the key principles in all my work.
Daeth y gyfres gerdd hon allan o'm gwaith gyda Chor Cymuned Llangrannog, fy nghysylltiad a Chanolfan Crannog, a'r syniad bod adeiladau, yn eu tawelwch, yn cadw cof am lanw a thrai pobl yn ynghyd i ganu a rhoi diolch. Gwrando ar y gwacteroedd, gwrando ar ryngweithio llais a gofod, llais a llais, gwrando fel gweithred o gariad- dyma'r egwyddorion allweddol yn fy ngwaith i gyd.'

Lou Laurens holds a BA in Music and Art History, an MA in Sonic Art, and works from Ceredigion as a performer, composer and choir leader.

Our first presentation of work took place in Capel Cranog, Llangrannog on 17/04/05.
The evening was ordered as follows -

Harmonium #2
Lou Laurens

Pilgrim's Process (video) & Vinyl Altar
Jacob Whittaker

Lift / For All These Things / Light / Given / For All These Things
Lou Laurens with Llangrannog Community Choir

Calon Lan
Amazing Grace

light a candle for Capel Crannog

Pilgrim's Process (video) & Vinyl Altar reprise
Jacob Whittaker

 

Click HERE to download mp3 of Vinyl Altar

Images from Capel Crannog 2005

Click here to see more pics on the BBC website

 www.capeli.info