Music in the Castle of Heaven

An original composition based around a field recording from Hamburg…

Original field Recording:



The title of the re-imagined version comes from the book of the same name by John Eliot Gardiner – a study of JS Bach.

Everything in the remix comes from the original field recording; nothing has been added.

The opening motif was created from three short audio snippets – time-stretched, re-pitched and generally mangled in some of Reaktor 5’s granular ensembles. The rippling pad that enters later is actually the complete original track processed through the granular capabilities of Reaktor 5.

As well as internal effects within Reaktor, Camel Audio’s ‘Camel Space’ was used extensively as a multi-effects unit and the whole track was mastered using Izotope Ozone 4.

This piece was composed for the ‘Cities and Memory’ website run by Stuart Fowkes…

Cities and Memory is a global field recording & sound art work that presents both the present reality of a place, but also its imagined, alternative counterpart – remixing the world, one sound at at time.

Every faithful field recording document on the sound map is accompanied by a reworking, a processing or an interpretation that imagines that place and time as somewhere else, somewhere new.

More information on the location of the field recording used in this composition can be found here:


All the pieces I have created as part of the Cities and Memory project can be found here:

The Cities and memory Collection

Always interested in providing music and sound design for projects in and around the Birmingham area – use the form below or simply email me:


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