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You are listening to an extract of the Carpenters’ play The Resurrection. This extract narrates the appearance of an Angel to the three Marys at Christ’s tomb. The Angel announces that Christ has risen and can be found in Galilee and beseeches them to spread the good news among Christ’s disciples.
This soundscape explores the impact of the acoustics of a simulation of sixteenth-century Stonegate on spoken and sung extracts from the play. Stonegate was simulated as having a majority of three-storeyed buildings and with windows and shutters closed.
The virtual model of Stonegate is combined with a simulation of a wagon open on all sides, with four columns supporting a pitched roof. The wagon design is based on The Nativity wagon in van Alsloot’s painting The Triumph of Archduchess Isabella (1615). The wagon was simulated as having a side-on orientation, that is, actors are delivering their lines towards one of the sides of the street.
The sound sources, indicated with grey cubes, represent performers (actors, singers); for this soundscape the source situated atop the wagon deck was used in the auralization process. The positions of the receivers, indicated with white spheres and representing individual audience members (listeners), change throughout the soundscape in order to reflect on how the auditory experience of different members of the audience may have varied depending on their position. In the examples created for this project the audience members are either located at one of the levels of a scaffold structure or they are standing at the sides of the wagon. Due to the very sparse evidence on the appearance and use of scaffolds for the York Mystery Plays, the manner in which this was modelled represents only one out of many possible interpretations of their design and implementation.
All recordings included in this soundscape were conducted in the anechoic chamber of the Electronics Department, University of York. The Alleluia Christus Resurgens included in this soundscape was performed by Pierre-Philippe Dechant. Mary was performed by Kate Thomas and the angel by Thomas Straszewski.