Category Archives: River

a river runs through here: the pluck of air and fret of hydrophones

As part of the Winchester Arts Festival, 10 Days Across the City, I composed a cycle of three soundscapes for the auditorium of the Theatre Royal, Winchester. The cycle included a twenty-minute sound walk through a year of Winnall Moors … Continue reading

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River Sculpture: the gait of tractors and texture of shovels

In autumn, up in the north of the moors, I met Martin De Retuerto (Winnall Moors Project Manager) for a bit of ecological river sculpture. Over the past 400 years the chalk streams that flow through the moors have been … Continue reading

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Sound Walking: a short walk through a year

We are now in the second stage of the project, the compositional stage: although, I am still occasionally enticed into the moors to have a surreptitious earful. On one such recent aural rummage, I found some gaseous ticking in the … Continue reading

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On disappearance: water voles and lullabies

In October I joined Rachel and the volunteers on a water vole survey in the north of the moors. The water vole has the unenviable privilege of being the fastest disappearing mammal in the United Kingdom. The decline began in … Continue reading

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First frost motet: ghosts and the sound of empty landscapes

Up early to find the dawn and the moors covered in the first frost of autumn, a mist held over the river, slowly lifted with sunrise. The soundscape was strangely sparse and silent, all sound seemed distant and vaporous, small … Continue reading

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Interruptions in the soundscape: sound squared

In early October there was a sudden interruption to the landscape and soundscape in the moors. The collapse of a ‘hatch’ diverting water from the river Itchen into the water meadow meant that emergency repair work had to be undertaken. … Continue reading

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Every last drop of summer: sound marks and surface tension

The last sunset of summer 2010 took place on Wednesday the 22nd September and I set out to record its farewell. The poetics of this moment brings with it a cinematic anticipation of a silent sun seen falling slowly beyond … Continue reading

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