Alan Dunn and Jeff Young spent three months in Woolton, South Liverpool, producing the
audio work ‘36 Compositions for a Woolton Jukebox’.
Operating from an observation and listening post on the tenth floor of a local tower block, they struggled with the fragmentation of the neighbourhood and gradually became the conductors for a diverse range of sounds and weather: the woman brought up on Tolstoy, one of the original Quarrymen, the church where John first met Paul in 1957, the son of Bob Paisley and the woman who longed to smash glass.
Alan Dunn is lead artist on the community webcast project with FACT (fact. and founder of the cantaudio CDR label ( Jeff Young’s list of BBC
Radio productions includes The Don, Carandiru, Wormwood and SuperBlock

Rachmaninov- Vibrö 3 (track 08)
Rachmaninov (track 36 from ‘36 Compositions for a Woolton Jukebox’) features Brenda Tillston reading from The Jeweller’s Shop by Karol Wojtyla, a radio phone-in on Anti-Social Behaviour, the sand-blasting of Dealcroft tower block, Liverpool University Acoustic Research Unit, The Pilkington Glass European Research Centre, Eleanor Rigby’s gravestone, Linksview
Spanish Class reading Homero Aridjis, Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto 1 Movement 2, The St Peter’s Bell Ringers and Vong Phaophanit & Claire Oboussier’s Outhouse glass structure in

36 compositions for a Woolton jukebox:

"We were invited to spend three months in Woolton in South Liverpool recording the sounds of the area and chatting to some of the open-minded, cultured, vocally rich and intriguing characters there. We chatted to a local woman who, during the interview, confessed to a desire to smash glass. Another old chap said heíd always wanted to spend time inside an anechoic chamber. We realised that the Church where John first met Paul was in Woolton and contacted one of the original Quarrymen. Eleanor Rigbyís grave lay in the grounds of St Peterís and the gentleman there we talked to turned out to be the son of Liverpool manager Bob Paisley. We recorded the St Peterís Bell Ringing Society and found a musician to rearrange the sounds into Eleanor Rigby.

Yet few of these people ever speak to each other. They inhabit separate little spaces in Woolton. We thought about social listening and the possibilities of the public house jukebox. Could we develop a series of recordings that could be experienced free of charge on a pub jukebox? We took the woman to the Pilkington European Research Centre to understand the properties of safety glass. We took the chap into the Anechoic and Reverberation Chambers of Liverpool University’s Acoustic Research Unit to hear his own blood course through his veins in circumstances as close to silence as possible. We went to the local Spanish class and asked an old chap to read Homero Aridjis and were of course saddened when John Peel died during our three months. We found someone who kept hawks and a woman who was reading Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky at the age of 13. We spent time in a local supermarket cafe trying to avoid the rain. Trying to blend in. We chatted to the Allotment Society and gave a one-hour lecture to The Woolton Society, playing them excerpts from William Burroughs, Thomas Edison and Chris Watson. We tried to engage the owners of the local cinema, in which you can still smoke, and the little Victorian swimming pool that the community keeps together".

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