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A sound art interactive folk ritual to celebrate the rock cycle.

Igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary.

Even rocks don't last forever.

Geophonic is a site-responsive performance piece and sound walk, encouraging audiences to listen to the geological processes of the Earth. It is a piece about the Anthropocene and of remembering that humans are part of nature.

We hear geology all the time, but we might not realise that we are doing so. Geophonic is intended as a promenade, conceived for urban/city and coastal/rural environments, near to a body of water.

We want people to listen to the processes of the Earth and dynamic erosion of both wind and water on rocks and to notice how it shapes our landscapes even during our short lifetimes – and how these can be heard in any landscape. Audiences will use beautiful hand-spun aluminium geophones (created by a team of exceptional Dorset-based makers) - to listen to different points on a guided ritualistic journey.

Some of the sonic content will be naturally occurring, some will be made by human voice and others with augmented sound and field recording. The music is inspired by British folk, psychedelic funk and 90s rural rave culture.

We’re interested in the physical narratives of rock, sci-fi and geology on a human scale. It is a work hugely bound up in notions of custodianship of the natural world. 

You can hear more about the science behind this project on our 45-minute PODCAST with Lorna Rees talking to Dr Anjana Khatwa and music by Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne and Laura Reid as they walk the route for the premiere performance in Symondsbury for the Inside Out Dorset Festival. 

GEOPHONIC has seen 4 UK editions - and GEOPHONIC #5 will be taking place in 2024. 

Our tour pack is here: GEOPHONIC TOUR PACK

Produced by Activate Performing Arts (Activate), producers of Inside Out Dorset.

GEOPHONIC is funded by Jerwood Arts and Arts Council England with support from the Arts University Bournemouth ERDF innovation programme.




Ígnea (Pumicita)/Igneous (Pumice): Onioluwa Taiwo

Metamòrfica ((Gneiss)/Metamorphic (Gneiss): Remi Oriogun-Williams

Sedimentària (Guix)/Sedimentary (Chalk): China Blue Fish

Mineral (Quars)/Mineral (Quartz): Tamsin Fessey

Sedimetària (Carbó) /Sedimentary (Coal): Lorna Rees



Creació I Direcció/Creator and Director: Lorna Rees

Management/ Company Manager: Adam Coshan

Disseny de vestuari/Costume Design: Adele Keeley

Geologia / Earth Scientist & Collaborator: Dr Anjana Khatwa

So I música/Sound and Music: Matthew Shaw, Laura Reid, Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne and Ricci Riccardi

Assistant de disseny i vestuari/Assistant Design and Costume Creation: Sarah Dicks

Barrets de pedra/ Rock Head-dresses: Darrell Wakelam

Creació digital tèxtil/Digital Textile Creation: Becca Stevenson and Charlotte Baxter

Disseny Geofons/Geophone Product Design Consultant: Liam O’Brien

​Producció/Produced by: Activate Performing Arts


Geophonic is funded and produced by Activate Performing Arts, with additional funding from Jerwood Arts, Arts Council England, Dorset National Landscape, Gobbledegook Theatre and additional support from Lighthouse Poole, and Arts University Bournemouth ERDF innovation programme.


Igneous (Pumice): Martin Bonger

Metamorphic (Gneiss): Remi Oriogun-Williams

Sedimentary (Chalk): China Blue Fish

Sedimentary (Coal): Lorna Rees

Mineral (Quartz): Louise Wilcox

Processional Lead: Adam Coshan

Huge thanks to all at Activate Performing Arts and Inside Out Dorset, Lucy Devall at AUB, Simon Chatterton and Danielle Corbishley at 101 Creation Space, Outdoor Arts UK, Colin Penny from Studio 39 (Grandad), and Alex and Chris Rees (my Mum and Dad). A note of thanks to all the extraordinary experts I have met and interviewed to make this piece - particularly the Earth Scientists, Folk Enthusiasts and Environmentalists, who have inspired me to ask questions, stay curious and remain weird.

Finally to my sons Dylan and Rufus Rees-Coshan and partner Adam Coshan who allow me to drag them across county and country to countless standing stones, strange tiny geological museums and indulge my numerous earth-science related or folk obsessions. You are my rock and my touchstones.


A folk ritual for the rock cycle


un ritual folklòric per al cicle de les roques


Dotze celebracions rituals / TWELVE ritual observances


geofonia: sorra / Geophony: SAND 

El processos geològics dels rius I els mars. Sons recollits a Dorset I a Cornwall, Anglaterra

The geological processes of river and sea. Sound collected from Dorset and Cornwall, England


ÍGNIS / Igneous

Sons volcanics: erupció del Fagradalsfjall, Islàndiai conglomoerats de silici trencant-se i refent-se a Kilauea, Hawaii.

Volcanic Sounds: eruption from Fagradalsfjall, Iceland and silica bonds breaking & reforming, Kilauea, Hawaii.


SEDIMENTARI / Sedimentary

So: biofonia - Carbó que es va formar en un pantà del Carbonífer fa 300 milions d'anys. So recollit a Boleigh Fougou i Lamorna Cove, Cornualla, de 3000 anys d'antiguitat. Llocs rituals, antics a escala humana

Sound: biophony - Coal forming in a Carboniferous swamp 300 million years ago.

Sound collected in the 3000-year-old Boleigh Fougou and Lamorna Cove, Cornwall. Ritual places, old in human scale.


METAMÒRFIC / Metamorphic

La formació de roques metamòrfiques a causa de la temperatura i de la pressió

The formation of Metamorphic rock by heat and pressure


el lament del guix / Chalk’s Lament

pels mil milions de microorganismes fossilitzats (cocolitòfors) que formen el guix

for the billion fossilised micro-organisms (coccolithophores) which make up chalk


ANTROFONIA / Anthrophony

Sons recol.lectats  a les mines de carbó de Yorkshire, al sud de Gal.les I a Cúmbria 

Sound collected from coal mines in Yorkshire, South Wales and Cumbria


La inconformitat de Hutton, rodet escocès (amb un quars intrús) / 

Hutton’s Unconformity Scottish Reel (with intruding Quartz) 

Una musiqueta en honor del 'pare de la geologia'. Música: Down by the Riverside, melodia folklòrica, interpretada per Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne, amb intervals de so d'onades del sud-oest d'Anglaterra i de la platja de Hikkaduwa, al sud-oest de Sri Lanka

A jig in honour of the ‘father of geology’. Music: Down by the Riverside, folk tune, performed by Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne, with intervals of wave from South West England & Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka


HIDROFÒNIC / Hydrophonic 

Composat I interpretat per Laura Reid. Sons adicionals reco.lectats en masses d’aigua a Dorset, Anglaterra

Composed & performed by Laura Reid. Additional sound collected from bodies of water in Dorset, England


l’amo del carbó I la muller del Pitman / The Coal Owner and the Pitman’s Wife

Cançó popular anglesa, 1844. L'esposa d'un treballador de les mines es dirigeix a un ric propietari d'una mina advertint-lo que "la gent pobra està fent espai per als rics a l'infern". Quan explotem el planeta, explotem les persones.

English Folk Song, 1844. A mine-worker’s wife addresses a wealthy mine owner warning him that the “poor folk are making space for the rich in hell”. When we exploit planet, we exploit people. 



Els processos geològics de la meteorologia: pluja, vent i tempestes

The geological processes of weathering: rain and wind and storm


itinerary processional final / Final Processional Route 

Liderat per la roca metamòrfica (la roca que simbolitza el canvi)

Led by Metamorphic Rock (the rock that symbolises change)


comunitat / COMMUNITAS

Ballem. La joia com a acte de resitència. Standing on Shakey Ground - The Temptations (remix Ricci Riccardi) Perquè tots estem dempeus sobre un terra sacsejat

We dance. Joy as resistance. Standing on Shakey Ground - The Temptations (remix Ricci Riccardi)

For we are all standing on Shakey ground

This is a video of Master Craftsman Ben Bailey, who has made the 90 Geophones required for Geophonic - each one hand-spun from aluminium.

The type of aluminium we’re using is largely recycled material which can then eventually be recycled after use (which is a key element for all of our design and making process). Aluminium comes from Bauxite, a sedimentary rock and the third most mined mineral in the world.

On some profound level that metal comes from rock is sort of astonishing as is the science behind extraction. And it can be deeply destructive too.

Ben describes the process of metal spinning as a sort of ‘sideways pottery’. There was a time that metal spinners would have worked in long lines of twenty or thirtry people - but now it’s a rare skill, a craft in which Ben is a master.

He’s been spinning for 30 years, has run his own business for the past ten and is based in a workshop in Christchurch, Dorset, near to our company base.


You can see more of Ben's work @metalspinningdirect 

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Remi Oriogun-Williams is an actor and theatre-maker. She trained for two years at the Jacques Lecoq International School of Theatre in Paris. She has toured the UK acting in The Cause, an original production about suffragism with Dreadnought Southwest. She has also performed with other companies in the UK and France. This includes an immersive production with Angel Exit Theatre in Dorchester and interactive street theatre at the Philoscène Festival with Bête à bon dieu production in Paris. She acted in the first UK production of Ezra Pound’s Elektra at the Corpus Playrooms. Whilst studying for her Philosophy degree at Cambridge, she devised and acted in a play for the Miscellaneous Theatre festival and co-directed a production of Henry IV. She has devised and performed for a Sound-art project called OK Galexa. Remi grew up in London and Dorset and is inspired by creating theatre collaboratively.

China Blue Fish is a queer artist, activist, singer and mother committed to shining a light on injustice and elevating imagination through music, comedy and theatre. You can find more about her work at

Onioluwa Taiwo (she/her) is a freelance Actor, Model and Dancer. She has recently graduated from Plymouth Conservatoire with a First Class Honours in the BA(Hons) Acting degree. She is a Co-Founder and the Movement Director of Embers Ignite Theatre Company. She has performed at Milton Keynes International Festival in Gobbledegook Theatre’s ‘Ear Trumpet’, danced for Inner Motion Movement and modelled for PureGym, Aviela Skincare and Identity Fashion. Onioluwa strives to create thought provoking theatre that challenges the struggles faced by women and those of mixed ethnic descent in our society. Her artistic style includes combining movement with new writing and exploring ways to express emotion through the universal language of gesture and dance.

Tamsin Fessey Tamsin trained for two years at Lecoq. She is Co-Artistic Director of Angel Exit Theatre ( as well as being a freelance theatre maker. ( She has worked across the South West region as well as working nationally, in the West End, and Internationally. She performs in Ear Trumpet with Gobbledegook Theatre. Tamsin lives on the Dorset/Somerset border and is a mother. 

Adam Coshan trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and has had a varied career as writer, director and educator. In 2007 he set up Gobbledegook Theatre with his partner Lorna Rees and together they have taken performance and installation work all over the UK. Adam is an education specialist and has a long history of socially engaged practice and participative work, particularly with young people. Recent new work has included writing the permanent voice exhibit in collaboration with English Heritage for Clifford's Tower, York. 

Martin Bonger (Geophonic: original devising company) is artistic director of Move to Stand (The Collision of Things, Fat Man, Messenger, This Crossing). He is a core member of The Plasticine Men, where he co-created Keepers, There Shall be Fireworks & Engine Break. He regularly collaborates with NIE having created North North North, Around the World in 80 Days, Beauty and the Beast, Tales from the Edge of Town & The Snow Queen. He has worked with Complicité (The Magic Flute, Khovanschina R&D) , Concert Theatre, Wonderful Beast, Lost & Found, and has worked on numerous plays for Radio 4. He trained at the Workshop Theatre in Leeds (BA Hons in English & Theatre) and then at the physical theatre school LISPA. He's based in Bristol. 


Louise Wilcox (Geophonic: original devising company) is a multidisciplinary theatre maker and artist. She trained on the MA Theatre Lab at RADA and has since worked extensively as a performer in physical/devised theatre alongside developing her own artistic work.As a performer, Louise has worked with several companies and toured extensively nationally and internationally. This includes The Nature of Forgetting with Theatre Re and multiple projects with Flabbergast Theatre. Louise is an Associate Artist with Dirty Rascals, and her personal work increasingly includes a strong element of participation. Louise is currently developing The Mendfulness Clinic - a piece that challenges the culture of fast fashion by mending the relationship we have to our clothes.


music and sounD

Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne is best known for work energetic folk trio Granny’s Attic, Cohen is a singer and instrumentalist with a love of English music. Cohen plays melodeons and anglo concertina and is a powerful singer with a string of awards and nominations under his belt, including a nomination for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Horizon Award in 2018. Expect traditional English folk songs and tunes along with a few original numbers. 

Laura Reid is a composer and cellist whose music fuses instrumental, vocal and pre-recorded sounds. Commissions include a geolocated sound walk for Dynamic Dunescapes in Studland 2021, Icthyosaur for Tabla and String Quartet at CoMA Festival 2020, a Variation for Fenella Humphrey’s Caprice project (Rubicon Classics 2021) Song of Isis for Tete a tete Festival 2020 and Celestial Bodies for the Dorset Moon performed to over 1,500 members of the public in 2019. Laura has performed at festivals including New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), Womad, Glastonbury and Celtic Connections. Sessions include Later with Jools Holland (Tom Mcrae), Mercury Music Prize (Kathryn Williams) and MTV. Collaborations include: Steven Legget – Bathhouse, album released on Firecracker Records 2018, featured on Andrew Weatherall’s NTS radio show in January 2020, and Optic Echo, X-ray FM in Portland USA and on Mercury nominated album Little Black Numbers (Caw1999). Works have also been performed by Kokkorro (BSO), London Sinfonietta and Ensemble Eleven. Co-writes have been published by Warner Bros. synched to TV and featured on international radio and TV.

Matthew Shaw is a composer, author and artist. Currently working with Shirley Collins & Brian Catling on Crowlink. An EP was released in July 2021 by Domino Recordings. The Crowlink audio installation premiered the Barbican followed by a week at Charleston house in Sussex. Atmosphere of Mona, a book of poetry and photography was published by Annwyn House in 2020




Adele Keeley is a costume designer, theatre collaborator and Senior Lecturer in Performance Design at the Arts University Bournemouth. Adele’s work is often informed by environmental issues, landscape and nature. She has worked on a wide range of landscape-inspired outdoor theatre projects often collaborating with Lorna Rees. Her work has been seen at various national and international performance festival. She describes her design work as visual gateway to which audience can connect with themes of nature, the environment and the world around us. See more of her work at Adele was a trustee for Activate Performing Arts for many years and is actively involved in the outdoor arts community in the region.

Dr Anjana Khatwa is a multi-award-winning  Earth Scientist. She is a time traveller using clues locked away in rocks, fossils and landscapes to reveal the hidden mysteries and stories about ancient life on earth. She helps people to understand how our planet evolved, changed and survived over 4.6 billion years and how this knowledge can help us prepare for an uncertain future. Anjana weaves her identity as a South Asian woman proudly into her work, bringing an informed and intelligent richness to narratives about deep time, landscapes and natural history.

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