Ciarán MacAoidh was the sound artist-in-residence at The Dock from 2016 - 2017. On Saturday 7th of April at 6.30pm in The Dock, he launched his experimental sound art album A Palm to Rest My Cheek Upon which was the result of his residency.
On the night it was possible to listen to the album in a small private ' Listening Space'. A recording station was set up, with instruments, bells, noise-makers, rattles and drums for visitors to leave their audio finger prints which were to become part of a future work. The album explores Ciarán's sense of the sounds of mental illness. It is the result of a long process of recording sounds all around the north west of Ireland in the woods, underwater and underground, which are blended with instruments, creaking gates and voices. He spent time discussing the ideas with online communities dedicated to mental health, as well as drawing on his own experiences to come up with what is hopefully a vivid and challenging collection of sound. The CD has been released by Arizona based independent music label Was Ist Das? and is available to buy online.