COMMUNITY

Working with organisations such as the Ashmolean Museum, Crisis, Readipop, Creative People, Festive Road and the Annual Daydream Harvest, I have been involved in projects that support the wellbeing and artistic development of participants through improvisation, composition, performance and instrument making. Using the knowledge and experience I gained through completion of the MA in Community Arts at Goldsmith’s College, I have honed the skills needed to work with a variety of participants including young children, vulnerable adults, the elderly and those with specific learning needs. Over time I have developed a specialism in creating engaging projects around field recording and found sound composition.

Minpins Workshop @Roald Dahl Museum

Weekend workshop creating a 3D soundscape bringing the story of 'Billy and the Minpins' to life. The characters were voiced by children visiting the museum and was part of a walk-through sound installation with Minpin models created with Festive Road.

Minpins Soundtrack - Museum Visitors with Richard Bentley
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Ash Sound - Prince's Trust Participants (Feb '19)
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Princes Trust @ Readipop

Working with young people to develop a performance from found sounds. The week of workshops began with exploring approaches to field recording, then moved to arranging these into a narrative and performing the piece live at the venue. 

Impulsive Environment

A Reading Year of Culture funded project to capture the acoustic finger print of some of East Reading's spaces and reimagine the sounds therein. The project saw students from Reading College explore the local environment and acoustic spaces. With the support of Art Angel we made recordings and took impulse responses of Reading Gaol for use in computer-based compositions.

Impulsive Environment #1 - Reading College Students
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"Richard was a pleasure to work with. He brought a wealth of experience and value to the student experience and managed the project with ease. The student feedback was incredibly positive and I look forward to working with him again. The blend of creativity and professionalism he brings to any arts or learning situation is of significant value to both students and teachers alike"

Mike Bandoni (Faculty manager - Creative Arts @Activate Learning)

Urban Orchestra

For the past two years I have been working with local arts charity Readipop delivering Urban Orchestra projects working in conjunction with music services to develop a model for musical inclusive work with young people. We have tried to mix the best of the ‘urban’ experience with the ethos of the orchestra to create something that is fresh and original.

"The work and learning with which they were involved was high level and really served to attune their awareness of everyday sounds and refine their critical listening skills. The way that Richard explained recording concepts through the world of Mr Gray and the vault really served to spark their imagination which was wonderful to see."

Mr Greenway (Head of Music @Reading Girls School)

Annual Daydream Harvest

Exploring the hidden corners of people's imaginations, my work with the Annual Daydream Harvest engages participants with sound and vibration in novel and interesting ways. From field recording workshops and music sequencing to instrument making and percussion ensembles, Cheesewoste (my pseudonym) 

always stretches what is possible. 

In a writer's shoes - Langtree School Students
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Touching the Sky: Turner's Oxford

Working with Think Lockhart, the Ashmolean and Crisis 'Touching the Sky' worked alongside homeless participants supporting them in producing a mixed-media piece inspired by Turner's paintings of Oxford, but exploring them from their own contemporary perspectives. My contribution involved two days of field recording workshops around the city including an exclusive trip to the bell tower of the University Church of St Mary's in the centre of the picture (left).

"Empathetic and nuanced practitioner with a gift for inclusive, thoughtful and far-reaching adventures in sound."

Jon Lockhart of Think Lockhart

Creative People

A lot of the work I have done with Creative People has been around the theme of accessible technology. This has included contributing to a software app wall for free or cheap creative software, stop frame animation workshops and music making using iOS apps.

Festive Road

For Paraffinalia 2015 I had the pleasure of working with community drumming group LoboTren based in Milton Keynes. Incorporating traditional samba elements with new rhythms, bagpipes and brass players we rehearsed and performed pieces to accompany the spectacular giant puppets .