Bathing & Dressing, Parts 1 & 2

Title: Bathing & Dressing, Parts 1 & 2
Materials: field-recordings, interviews, original piano compositions
About: The Wellcome Library and the British Film Institute commissioned me to produce a soundtrack for a 1930s antenatal care film, ‘Bathing & Dressing’. This instructional film details the best methods for the time for bathing and dressing a small infant, and in the soundtrack I wanted to use sounds to explore the historic context in which the film was originally made. Because the film would originally have been shown in public spaces, to assembled crowds, I showed it to groups of mothers and recorded their reactions to the film. I also collected materials such as enamel basins and hard soap, in order to capture the texture of the things used in the film. Piano music was composed to accompany the action of bathing and dressing a small infant, and was treated using post-production techniques to resemble the recording and playback technologies used in the era when the film was originally made. This project was informed by research at the British Library’s Sound Archive.

2012, commissioned by The Wellcome Library and the British Film Institute