The material for this piece was recorded on September 22nd and 23rd 2012 at Howick, Northumberland.

On the 22nd we made recordings directly at the ocean with a seal as the audience.It did spend the whole afternoon with us and seemed to listen. As soon as we were done it disappeared.

The next day we went up the river into the woods. I was very drawn to the horsetail. This plant is 400 Million years old and has a very unique methode to survive. It has a huge brachiate root system, that has little nodules with reserve solids, that helps the plant to survive. Because of this, it survived through all the times. OK –  it’s much smaller now than it used to be, but it is is still here. I was also very fascinated by its layers that it has and its  pretty clear structure.

I sat there for a while and just tried to “listen” to this plant to this ancient heritage it has and imagined the huge plants and the woods out of horsetails and ferns that used to grow in the prehistoric times. The plants used to be 30 meters high.

With a small dpa microphone inside a bansuri – an indian bamboo flute – I recorded the enviroment while listening back to it and respond to and interact with it. I was mainly sitting in a “field” of horsetail while playing the flute and I also the dry horsetail leaves played onto the flute. I kind of created a new instrument – kind of a a horsetail flute, that reacted on blowing and fingering.

      

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