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At last, the 45 minute suite of soundscape compositions I have been working on for my last hand-in of uni is up to be listened to. These pieces are composed from the collection of field recordings I have captured so far for the Cornwall Sound Map Project. They represent a reflection of the Cornish soundscape as a journey through memory and my journey through it in my time at university. These pieces are also an immersive exploration of different spaces and are aimed to encourage a detailed listening experience. The main theme running through the body of work is how memories become skewed and distorted over time, much in the same way that cassette tapes degrade.

  1. ‘The Beginning of a Journey’ is composed solely from two recordings of Truro train station and a train journey.
  2. ‘Degradation of Memory’ is a journey through composed scenes around Cornwall and tells the story of how memories degrade through time like old cassette tapes.
  3. ‘Ecclesiophobia’ is composed solely from recordings of church bells from Fowey and the inside of Truro cathedral. It is an exploration of space, resonance and the fear of religious buildings.
  4. ‘Interlude’ starts in an antique shop in Fowey and is the first piece to include some instrumentation alongside field recordings.
  5. ‘St Ives’ is a journey from the beaches of St Ives to the reverberant interior of the Tate, juxtaposing the different spaces.
  6. ‘Reflections’ is a piece which is a reflection on my time in Cornwall, mixing some recordings of the Cornish people with the field recording of Pendennis Point and the strings from the Radford Sister’s piano the focal points.

I have also been producing CD artwork and packaging to promote the project, and hopefully use as a marketing tool to send out. If I can drum up enough interest, I may look into producing them professionally if enough people request.

Cornwall Memory Tapes

You may also notice that my site has a new logo! Thanks to John for helping me to get it off the page and onto the computer.

Tomorrow I officially finish university, so hopefully all of this work will help to launch me out of obscurity!

 

As this is my first official blog post here, I thought I'd start with a welcome!

While getting this site up and running, I've been busy working on a set of compositions based on the field recordings I collected through the end of the last year for the Cornwall Sound Map Project. The themes running through these compositions are to do with memories and journeys, and I feel they are quite personal to me in discovering my identity as an artist during my time at Falmouth University.

First off, I wanted to post a little clip of what I've been working on, they're not quite polished off yet, but they will be by the end of next week. The first section is a clip from a piece exploring the resonances of church bells and the intimidating feeling I get from church interiors. The second clip is from a piece which focuses on a journey through St Ives based on the recordings I gathered there on one day.

 

The second part to this update is to show the development of some DIY packaging I've been working on for the project. I have a strong DIY ethic when comes to how I approach my recording and composition work, and I wanted to carry this over into all aspects of my work, hence the decision to handmake my own CD packaging. As the pieces are based on the material from the Cornwall Sound Map Project, I wanted the packaging to fold out a little bit like a map. The pictures below show a rough prototype of how I hope to achieve this. I've created a lino print of the outline of a map of Cornwall, which spans the front and two of the inner flaps. It's a work in progress, but hopefully I'll get back into the swing of creating decent prints with enough ink on them!

 

Cutting the print
Cutting the print
First print, not enough ink!
First print, not enough ink!
Prototype packaging with print (shouldn't have been folded before printing)
Prototype packaging with print (shouldn't have been folded before printing)

Prototype Front

How it opens with CD inside
How it opens with CD inside