sounding out in wales 2013

22 11 2013

Sounding Out is a project exploring outdoor and natural acoustics, architecture and sacred sites. these recordings are documents of in situ improvisations, inspired by the spirit and the special characteristics of a location.

on a trip round wales, a few musical stops offered a nice break from serious hiking. from holywell to llanwrst and betwsycoed, anglesea and north herefordshire… the trend of this series is certainly intimate and remote places, and yet the acoustic qualities are nonetheless wonderful. here are a few moments of inspiration i captured…

all the tracks below are also available here:
http://www.spacers.lowtech.org/herve/field/soundout/soundout.html

 

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melodic meditation

st bartholomew’s church, richard’s castle

herefordshire

soprano saxophone, 10 august 2013

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the calling

st bartholomew’s church, richard’s castle

herefordshire

soprano saxophone, 10 august 2013

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crop circular

st bartholomew’s church, richard’s castle

herefordshire

soprano saxophone, 10 august 2013

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box pews

st bartholomew’s church, richard’s castle

herefordshire

soprano saxophone, 10 august 2013

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illicit reading

vale crucis abbey

wales

soprano saxophone, 09 august 2013

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chapter house

vale crucis abbey

wales

soprano saxophone, 09 august 2013

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cumulus linguae

gwydir uchaf chapel

wales

soprano saxophone, 09 august 2013

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sopranostratus

gwydir uchaf chapel

wales

soprano saxophone, 09 august 2013

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trees and stone

lligwy settlement

anglesea

soprano saxophone, 07 august 2013

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the healing

holywell chapel

wales

soprano saxophone, 05 august 2013

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in passing

holywell chapel

wales

soprano saxophone, 05 august 2013

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by the pool

holywell chapel

wales

soprano saxophone, 05 august 2013

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sounding out north yorkshire 2013

10 10 2013

this summer, i return to two places which have a particular attraction and a very strong character. i am very pleased to have this opportunity to visit a region i really like, and playing there is always a great pleasure.

the acoustics in both places are very different. the energy too. and as a result, my playing changes accordingly. i seem to remember the same feeling from previous visits. i was struck both times by lady chapel. at first, the sound is very unpretentious. it does not seem great as the place is fairly small. but instead, the room is very responsive and colourful. and the quality is very sweet. moreover, each time i played was very inspirational. unlike most churches, the vibe was more full on, devotional, nearly trance like.

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pointilist viewpoint

lady chapel

north yorkshire

soprano saxophone, 02 july 2013

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first return

lady chapel

north yorkshire

soprano saxophone, 02 july 2013

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after the quiet

lady chapel

north yorkshire

soprano saxophone, 02 july 2013

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follow my drift

lastingham church

north yorkshire

soprano saxophone, 01 july 2013

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sea drifts

lastingham church

north yorkshire

soprano saxophone, 01 july 2013

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call to the horizon

lastingham church

north yorkshire

soprano saxophone, 01 july 2013

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wind on the moors

lastingham church

north yorkshire

soprano saxophone, 29 june 2013

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in the cracks of the rock

lastingham church

north yorkshire

soprano saxophone, 29 june 2013

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sounding out in the uk 2012

26 08 2012

with the new year, this project is picking up intensity. some old favourites i keep revisiting, but also many new locations. going further afield and searching for new types of places:

derelict halls and remnants of the decaying bourgeoisie, arty places, urban explorers heaven, caves and quarries. i was even heard battling it with a fog horn – and a distinct echo from the thick mist. and of course, sneaking in the odd cathedral just can’t be missed.

these recordings take on new dimensions as i develop further a relation to the spaces i explore both physically and sonically.

i hope you enjoy this new season of recordings. more very soon, this time in a different country… i have been working on my latest escapades and there are many exciting tracks to come. so keep your eyes peeled and your ears to the ground

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dressing the table of offerings

ilam church

derbyshire

1.95 shakuhachi, 15 april 2012

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meditation for cs

james turrel installation, deer park

yorkshire sculpture park

1.95 shakuhachi, 28 march 2012

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les alouettes

ilam church

derbyshire

soprano saxophone, 24 march 2012

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a battle of horns one cannot win

portland lighthouse

dorset

soprano saxophone, 15 march 2012

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fog country

fontmell magna church

dorset

soprano saxophone, 14 march 2012

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rocks and sea breeze

winspit caves

dorset

soprano saxophone, 14 march 2012

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mirrors

over haddon church

peak district

soprano saxophone, 21 february 2012

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chasing lines in the water

over haddon church

peak district

soprano saxophone, 21 february 2012

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what the wind brings

little longstone church

derbyshire

1.95 shakuhachi, 13 february 2012

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a headless woman

sutton scarsdale hall

sutton scarsdale

soprano saxophone, 12 february 2012

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a spark amidst the darkness

citadel of hope

sheffield

soprano saxophone, 07 february 2012

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within the walls

citadel of hope

sheffield

soprano saxophone, 07 february 2012

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chapter house

lincoln cathedral

peak district

1.95 shakuhachi, 01 february 2012

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sounding out the peak district

6 12 2011

over the years, this project has taken me to great places across the country, ‘sounding out’ many sites from caves to forests, natural formations and churches alike. but, close to home, there are many locations that i keep returning to. some old favourites, and some amazing treats of both natural and designed acoustics.

below is a series of recordings which explore areas of the peak district

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du bout de la pensée

ilam church
derbyshire
soprano saxophone, 30 september 2011

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late visit

dovecote tunnel
peak district
soprano saxophone, 30 september 2011

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leaves on the ground, autumn swirls

thor’s cave
peak district
soprano saxophone, 29 september 2011

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change of season

tideswell cathedral
peak district
soprano saxophone, 02 september 2011

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clearing

ilam church
peak district
1.95 shakuhachi, 02 september 2011

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terrace with a view

birchover hermit caves
derbyshire
soprano saxophone, 10 july 2011

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room to breathe

birchover hermit cave
derbyshire
soprano saxophone, 10 july 2011

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for mehata

swainsley tunnel
derbyshire
soprano saxophone, 31 may 2011

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escalade

swainsley tunnel
derbyshire
soprano saxophone, 31 may 2011

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marking time

norbury church
derbyshire
soprano saxophone, 09 may 2011

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ode to a dog and a plastic bottle

thor’s cave
derbyshire
soprano saxophone, 08 may 2011

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le héron bleu

alstonefield church
derbyshire
soprano saxophone, 04 april 2011

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