Silence please at the IPOS premiere

Anderson Acoustics was thrilled to attend last night’s UK premiere of In Pursuit of Silence, a film that invites us to an “exploration of our relationship with silence”, held at the beautiful Picturehouse Central in Piccadilly, London.

This was an immersive experience beginning with a beautiful piece of music for harp and piano, composed especially for the occasion and performed by Hattie Webb. This was followed by a performance of the seminal John Cage composition 4’33” – four minutes and thirty-three seconds of “performed” silence.

The film itself begins in relative “silence” although that concept was questioned and challenged throughout the evening; is silence truly an absence of any noise, or is it relative and subjective? With exceptional cinematography and sound production, the film shared moments of peace and tranquility juxtaposed with modern and loud living.

It gives the audience a chance to slow down, step back for a moment and think about what we might be missing in the frenetic pace of everyday life. Silence is viewed not as the final goal, but a tool we can use to help clear our minds and get a sharper, more truthful view of ourselves in the world.

A question and answer session followed the screening, with the film’s director, Patrick Shen, executive producer Poppy Szkiler CEO of Quiet Mark, producer Andrew Brumme and author of “Silence in Schools” Helen E. Lees, who also appeared in the film.

Anderson Acoustics supported In Pursuit of Silence in its early days and Andy and Luca feature in the film conducting sound quality tests.

Andy Knowles, Owner of Anderson Acoustics, said:

“In 2014 when I saw what this film was to be about I felt we had to be involved somehow.

“Films like this are needed to start the conversation about our relationship with sound and noise and what they mean to us in today’s world. Supporting the film was an easy decision. What Patrick and Andrew have created I believe achieves that goal. There will be differing views and responses to the role of silence and how that is portrayed but the point is the conversation has started. As individuals and as a society, it is up to us how we want to take this forward.

“It’s time to change. Thank you to Patrick and Andrew.”

At Anderson Acoustics, we believe it’s time to go beyond the traditional “noise is a problem” approach. Treating noise as a problem to be mitigated, reduced and controlled is necessary but misses opportunities to harness positive aspects of sound to deliver benefits to health, wellbeing and quality of life.

We provide consultancy services to assess, mitigate and manage the risks arising from the impacts of noise and vibration. But we also positively apply our understanding of sound, soundscapes and sound quality to deliver better buildings and spaces; better communities and places; and better products.

We are delighted to have supported Quiet Mark and In Pursuit of Silence, and we share their goal of promoting the importance of the acoustic environment, sound quality, and soundscapes for better health and wellbeing.

There is nothing more beneficial, physically and spiritually, than silence.
– Dr. Helen E. Lees, Senior Lecturer and Researcher, Education


In Pursuit of Silence is released in the UK on Friday, see here for more details.

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