The Threaded Collective is a project based ensemble with Threaded at its core. The Collective will have different guises, and will work across the Music and Theatre worlds.
The Threaded Collective- D/deaf Accessible Music Project: Phase 1 Winter 2020
We have been extremely lucky to have been awarded funding from Arts Council England and their National Lottery Project Grant for the first stage of developing our D/deaf accessible music show. The funding enabled us to extend our line up to include bass and percussion, giving us the opportunity to experiment with creating a greater depth of sound within our music. Once we had created the new music during a Research and Development period, we then headed into the studio to record 2 tracks to use as promotion and for further research. At Gighouse Studios we worked with recording engineer Andie Thomson, and our producer Joe Broughton, both of whom we always feel so lucky and privileged to work with! Our rehearsal and studio day was documented for us by the brilliant photogapher Elly Lucas who was able to capture the vibe perfectly, and also provide us with some beautiful marketing materials! We also have worked with Sign Song extraordinaire Caroline Parker MBE, Red Earth Theatre, and Dr. Paul Tennent at Nottingham University's Mixed Reality Lab.
All of this was undertaken during the Covid-19 pandemic, following strict government guidance and protocols. We feel very proud and privileged to have been able to undertake a project and be creative, whilst still being safe and working in a Covid Safe environment!
The next stage of this project will see us developing this music physically and working on how we communicate the music effectively through our body language, which we have learnt really helps the D/deaf community to interpret the music more effectively. We are also working on some new technology which should help the music become more accessible during live performance too, and this will be a big focus of our next stage, so please keep in touch to follow our work!!
Meet The Band!
Pictures by Elly Lucas
We also wanted to introduce you Caroline Parker MBE, who you may recognise from our Soonchild Sign Song videos, and who we will be working with moving forward with our accessible music work!