Steel Cymreig

 

23 minutes 11 seconds

Steel Cymreig is a quadrophonic sound installation composed of recordings made between March and June 2016 at the Trostre Tinplate Works, Llanelli.

It follows the tinplating process, from the arrival of the hot rolled steel coils from Port Talbot, finishing in the garden of the The Cottage behind the works.

The installation takes the form of a sound cinema with a sheet of hot rolled steel taking the place of the screen. It creates an immersive and active listening space, where sound becomes sculptural and steel might be contemplated. The chairs are reclaimed from the Coliseum theatre in Aberdare, South Wales.

The British steel industry is often in the news; Steel Cymreig is an attempt to convert a political subject into a sensorial experience through the close examination and re-presentation of the sounds of the works.

The piece is made in memory of Meurig John, my grandfather, who worked at Trostre for 12 years.

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Gorsedddiad sŵn quadrophonig yw Steel Cymreig sy’n cynnwys recordiau wedi eu gwneud rhwng Mawrth a Mehefin, 2016, yng ngwaith Trostre, Llanelli.

Mae’n dilyn y broses o wneud tunplat o’r man lle mae’e torchau dur yn cyrraedd o Borth Talbot ac yn gorffen yn yr ardd tu ôl i’r Bwthyn yn agos i’r Gwaeth.

Sinema sy’n cynnwys sain yw’r goreseddiad gyda plat o ddur yn lle’r sgrin. Mae’n rhoi y cyfle i wrando ar y swn fyddech yn ei glywed yn y gwaith. Mae e’n wagle i wrando. Mae’r cadeiriau wedi eu hadfer o theatr y Coliseum yn Aberdâr.

Y mae’r diwydiant dur Prydeinig yn fynych yn y newyddion.  Y mae’r Steel Cymreig yn gwneud i newid testun politicaidd i mewn i brofid synhwyraidd trwy ymchwilio yn fanol ac ail-gyfleu pob sŵn yn y gwaith.

Made with the support of Jon Wozencroft, Mike Harding, Joe Gallagher and Lucia Taylor.
Set build by AkiI Erkose
Translation by John Edwards
Many thanks to all at Tata Steel’s Trostre Works

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