Archives for the month of: July, 2013

At the Landscape Quartet Symposium on 4/5 July at the University of Newcastle I was delighted to meet the four members, along with ‘critical friends’ Peter Nelson, Sally Jane Norman and Rachael Hales. Our discussions were intensive and wide-ranging, often delving into the complexity of new and original musical and arts practices and the relationship of these practices to disciplines such as ecology, anthropology, architecture and cultural theory. In my view this ‘open set’ approach is the most sensible – so much of the Landscape Quartet’s work leaks out at the sides and can’t be contained within an orthodox musical discourse. This is its strength.

This work of the Landscape Quartet undermines any notion of aesthetic closure. Unlike the closure that we find in, say, a conventional concert of music, where we listen, appreciate and go home feeling warm inside (perhaps), the kind of work generated by the Landscape Quartet leaves us chewing on all manner of fresh questions around music, ‘the environment’ and wider issues around human cultural activity. Perhaps the environment serves here as a substrate, offering a continuity from which creative forms emerge and recede, offering themselves up for investigation. Read the rest of this entry »

On December 11th, 12th and 13th 2012, Matt  and I did some work  along the river Wansbeck in Northumbria. We walked up the river to an ancient dried out well, where some time ago the lady chapel was build. There are just some mossy stones left of this chapel.
Walking along the river we noticed very different areas – sections- the vegetation changed, the sound of the river and of the birds, the atmospheres… The first day we just walked and tried to get a feeling for the place and the environment. We “tuned in”. Coming back the second day, I made on each section a short piece – each piece was around 1 minute long. With my recording device I am able to do multitrack recordings, so I recorded on each section between 2 and 4 layers.
last week I put them all together for an installation, that Matt was putting together  for our first symposium.

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