Field Trips - 30/4/18 (ongoing)



Field Trips is a short podcast in which I talk about field recording and listening - why I do it, what I notice, and the often indistinct line between 'sound' and 'music. The show is both an excuse to go out recording more regularly, as well an attempt to explain my hobby to people who might not otherwise be familiar with it (while also appealing to other like-minded recordists).

All episodes are free to download sans-commentary from mola-recordings.bandcamp.com/album/field-trips where you can also choose to leave a donation to help support the show, if you'd like.

The Hunt for Bells - 21/10/17



The first half of the film presents three scenes, each depicting a perspective on humanity's search for a deeper life meaning: The first scene shows us literally reaching down into the foundation of a Roman Catholic church - an established symbol of both devotion and institution - exposing a hidden connection to the natural world. Following this, a group of people participate in a more modern approach to spirituality by abandoning the church and even the city entirely in an attempt to reestablish that same connection to the Earth. Finally, members of the Red Cross present a third perspective in devoting themselves to more humanist ventures - rather than the natural or the supernatural - in a way that compliments the organisation's religious background.
The performance that follows took place in an abandoned factory that architecturally shares many traits with the Catholic Church seen at the start of the film: It's a wide reverberant space with large pillars spaced evenly throughout. There is an abundance of grey and the walls are decorated with names and images and messages. Even the light from outside shines through in patches just as we saw before. Our almost juvenile crashing and banging juxtaposes with the low fidelity sound of prayer from an electronic rosary to reenforce the point that this is our place of worship, and that listening is our form of spirituality.
The film ends with a conversation between the two artists in which they express their frustration at recording the sound of bells, an everpresent symbol of religious culture that seems ironically elusive. The metaphor should be apparent.

Presented unfinished at SeeM
ôr Film Festival, Anglesey, Wales. More screenings to be announced.

Four Points - 14/08/16



Four Points is a collection of compositions created from recordings made at each of Britain's extreme geographical points. Although these recordings are from similar locations, their distance from each other clearly presents distinct sonic individualities that are expressed through both social factors as well as geographical features, demonstrating an inherent diversity within our coastal soundscape that is often overlooked.

Exhibited at the Louise House in Forest Hill as part of V22's Summer Club 2016.


Goodnight Sweet Prince - 18/07/15



This electric organ took too much abuse from us over the years and eventually one day would not turn on any more. Rest in pieces.

Exhibited by Mint Works at the Bank Al-Maghrib in Marrakesh as part of the Marrakesh Biennale 6 parallel projects as well as at the Copeland Gallery, London.

Dōchūki: Recordings from a Soggy Sleeping Bag - 04/06/15



Dōchūki is a collection of field recordings made along a historic road in Japan known as the Old Tōkaidō Highway. There are 55 recordings total – one for each of the 53 post stations as well as the start and end point respectively.

The album makes frequent references to literature from throughout Japan’s history – primarily diaries and poetry – from before the Heian period to the late Meiji era (click on the individual tracks on Bandcamp for more contextual information). These referential recordings allow the listener to hear how the soundscape along this historic road has changed over the centuries, as well as compare their own emotional response to that of the writer. Furthermore, by informing my approach through Japanese literature, I hoped to adopt a more ‘native’ perspective of the Japanese soundscape which helped to avoid the ethical dilemma of representing a history through that which is deemed exotic by an outsider – a distinction that defines a culture primarily by its relative other-ness.

Exhibited at Hotel Elephant, London.

Play Park - 21/01/15


Video EP of spontaneous performances on various apparatuses found in Ladywell Fields in Lewisham. All recordings are the first take of an unplanned improvization.

Whistlers
Keys on Bar
Bridge
Piece for Three Water Pumps

Recordings and performances by Mola and Andrew Tuersley.

Exhibited at Hotel Elephant, London.

"A joyously abstract enterprise." - Disquiet.com

Beyond Seizures - 13/03/14



Originally on display as part of the London Brain Project's exhibition at London's Lumen URC Gallery.

With thanks to Samantha Chan and Cleo Chevalier-Riffard.

Using signals from EEG data that have been filtered and transposed to audible levels, these sonifications have been taken from 3 different time points during a nocturnal seizure. The sonified data is a representation of what the brain activity might sound like if we were able to hear it in real time.

After sonification, musicians Andrew Tuerslery, Hee Chang Yang, and LSE interpreted each time point. Listen to hear the chaotic nature of different seizures.