I’ve got a new tape coming out shortly on Naviar Records. It can be previewed / pre-ordered.
About the release;
In July 2015 my family and I moved from London to rural north Norfolk. Our house was about a mile down a lane surrounded by fields and past the lane was the small village of Stratton Strawless, with a lovely old country church. I walked there a lot that first summer, often with our baby in a pushchair and took my digital sound recorder to record the old harmonium I had noticed in the corner of the church.
Getting to know Norfolk I realised that the writer W.G Sebald was buried not too far away from Norwich and so made a trip and made a field recording at his grave at St. Andrews church, getting some lovely bird song recordings.
By the end of 2015 I decided to make it a project; to visit and document in sound recordings some of the rural churches, both inside and around the graveyards.
In early 2016 I started to plan and record inside numerous churches. At this point I was still keen just to document the sounds and resonances in these churches but started to think about how I could develop the recordings.
At this point I started listening back to my recordings and manipulating these sounds, processing the sounds, building up layers until minimal musical tones developed. Slowly the tracks took shape and over months added musical elements creating a canvass where the field recordings and more formal musical ideas merged. The sounds are an ambient / electronic style and very calming. The process of making the recordings made me realise that “mindfulness can come through sound recording - through listening rather than the breath”.
Over 2016-2018 I visited around 15 rural churches making recording in each location.
Using both contact and omni-directional microphones I’ve captured a variety of textures, from interior church surfaces such as contact recordings on pipes of organs, contact recordings on silent bells, bird song amongst grave stones, a medieval choir rehearsal during a rainstorm, chance recordings of bi-planes, some bell ringers and a recording of the Last Post on rememberance Sunday - which I then remixed.
The album features a haiku by @ikjoyce and one track features some audio manipulation by @sevenism