The practical series outcome following a variety of in-depth research methods based theory surrounding the concept of British subculture. Inspiring research stages included the study of classic zines, their meaning and readership, post-modernism, youth stereotypes and psychogeography.
“Psychogeography describes ‘the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously otganized or not, on the emotions and behaviour of individuals” (Coverley, 2018, p.2).
The outcome, Hometown Sounds, is a documentation of the people behind Birmingham’s diverse and thriving music scenes. With musicians and modern subcultural participators, the series is the start of a potentially ever-growing archive dedicated to the city’s love and need for music, addressing stereotypes and giving those that don’t see an insight into who and what we are.
Birmingham, not only as my home city but as the second city itself, constantly struggles with criticism and being misunderstood. The creativity, music embrace, multiculturalism and endless support are just few of the elements making the city special to it’s inhabitants – of whom should have a space to be explored and represented. Hometown Sounds highlights not only various niche scenes in the creative hub of the city but delves into core members, labelled under such different music-based stereotypes.
Somewhat revealing, the series too alows new interpretation of British subculture today through personal windows. Specific examples of this include the suggestion of school-yard bullying leading to aggressively catagorised music and family loss leading to the desire to be the local “class-clown”.
RESEARCHER, CREATIVE DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, INTERVIEWER, ARCHIVE CREATOR: LAURA WILCOX
VIDEOGRAPHER: LAURA O'CONNOR
VIDEO EDITOR: KALILA COOPER