Being outside the grounds of a football match once the game begins provides an interesting contrast of the senses. The combination of deserted streets filled with a sea of voices coming in intermittent waves from a crowd of people you can’t see, makes for a powerful and somewhat eerie setting.
This experience sparked the concept for ‘Around The Match’, a collaboration between Chris Butler and photographer Daniel Cheetham. The duo visited a series of football games from different leagues on match day and explored the peripheral areas whilst the game played. Cheetham’s aim was to document the spaces and characters that inhabit these areas on film, whilst Butler compiled an aural diary of conversations, crowd noise, and general ambience through field recordings.
Producer Jamie Finlay was invited to work with Butler to interpret and develop the field recordings into a soundscape to accompany Cheetham’s photography. The combined documentation along with artwork by Daren Newman, provided the material for the second issue of Cheetham’s publication ‘Around Here’. An insight into the world around the match - the things that occur whilst the game is on.