Sacred Spaces: Album Release

Cities and Memory have just released a new album on Bandcamp:

Includes high-quality FREE download in MP3, FLAC and more. Paying supporters also get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app.

My contribution is track 5: Spirit of the Prayer Wheel– based around a field recording of a prayer wheel from Kathmandu.

The album compiles some of the highlights from the Cities and Memory Sacred Spaces project – you can hear the full project, and the field recordings from which these pieces have been created, at:

www.citiesandmemory.com/sacredspaces.

If you would like to contact me about music / sound design for a project:

 

Sacred Spaces: Do Campanologists Dream of Electric Bells?

Part of the Cities and Memory SACRED SPACES project:

citiesandmemory.com/sacredspaces/

Created using Reaktor 5 and Kontakt 5; hosted in Sonar X1.

My Final Composition:

All parts in this one, (except the electric piano solo), were created directly from fragments of the original field recording. Various snippets of the Canadian recording, (not just the bells, but other incidental noises as well) were loaded up into five granular samplers for extensive editing.

The electric piano solo was performed using the Scarbee Mark 1 virtual instrument.

The Original Field Recording:

If you would like to contact me about music / sound design for a project:

 

Sax and the City: The Lonely Busker

 

An original composition based around a field recording from Amsterdam…

Original field Recording:

 

Re-Imagining:

 

I’ve tried to ‘get inside the head’ of the sax-playing busker…the piano motifs and synth lines are meant to represent his thoughts. Beyond his headspace you hear the dislocated ebb and flow of the city; even the sound of his own saxophone is in the distance as if he’s performing automatically and not really focused on it.

Piano sound comes from Kontakt 5 – ‘Giant’ module.

Synth line was created in Reaktor’s Prism.

Original recording was mainly processed using CamelSpace by Camel Audio:

Reverb  //  Stereo Delay  //  Auto pan  //  BP filter ( ongoing LFO style modulation of settings that ‘push’ and ‘pull’ at the city sounds)

Mastered with 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:

Leidseplein-Amsterdam-the-Lonely-Busker

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: mark@chameleonmusic.co.uk

 

 

 

UTOPIA Album: Cities and Memory

Cities and Memory: Utopia takes one of English literature’s great works of imagination, Thomas More’s Utopia and creates something new from the collective imagination of artists around the world – an entirely new Utopia of sound.

Using a woodcut map from the second printed edition of Utopia from 1518, we divided it into 30 grid squares. Sound artists each took a small section of the imagined country of Utopia, and created a new soundscape imagining how that place (and the society living in it) might sound.

This is just a small selection of the Utopia sounds from the project – you can explore them all at the interactive map atwww.citiesandmemory.com/utopia

“The Castle And The Monastery” Utopia Map D4

The Icon for this image is in fact the inspiration for the track. It’s one small square of a woodcut map from the second printed edition of Utopia – 1518.

Full map here: citiesandmemory.com/utopia/

The track is meant to represent the sounds that might be heard in this area of the island!

In the spirit of the Cities and Memory website, I used a lot of new and old field recordings as the basis of the piece; if you want more details, then read on…

I’ve gone for a dreamy, mysterious atmosphere with this one. Bells ring out as the sun rises. You hear the burbling river that is still not far from its source*. Wind blows through the crow’s nest as waves swell around the ship. A gentle horn sounds from the castle battlements and is quickly joined by monks singing inside the monastery.
* Ignore the banner that says OSTRIUM ANDYRI (The mouth of the river Anydrus) – it’s generally regarded as a joke.
In the middle section the soundscape changes dramatically as a second horn rises outside the castle;
drums of war herald an approaching army and battle is joined.

The fighting fades away and we return to relative tranquillity; this time we also hear a lonely voice
from the battlements – first speaking and then singing a short lament.

Production-wise, everything is in this one, including my kitchen sink!
• Opening shimmering drone = Bells of St Anne’s Church, Moseley, Birmingham through 2 modules in Reaktor.
• Burbling brook – outlet pipe from my kitchen sink.
• Wind and waves – pure synthesis in Reaktor
• Horn – it’s a weird old alpine style horn I bought years ago – finally used it in a project!
• Amen – monks! :0)
• Deep brass chords – pure synthesis in Absynth.
• Horses – Earlswood Stables, Solihull.
• Swords – kitchen cutlery
• Elven language – gobbledegook based on the addendum to the book.!
• Female singing – synthesis.

 

Cities and Memory: Utopia

Utopia Shareable 2


Cities and Memory: Utopia takes one of English Literature’s great works of imagination, (Thomas More’s Utopia), and creates something new from the collective imagination of sound artists from around the world.

A woodcut map from the second printed edition of Utopia from 1518, was divided into 30 grid squares. Sound artists each took a small section of the imagined country of Utopia, and created a new soundscape imagining how that place (and the society living in it) might sound.

Most squares have interpretations by two different artists, and the interactive map allows you to explore the sounds of Utopia freely.

I contributed a piece inspired by square D4 – click on the image of the square below to hear my track:

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World Listening Day – Sound Waves Composition

World Listening Day – Sound Waves composition 

As part of the overall Sound Waves project, 38 sound artists from around the world have submitted a field recording and re imagining of water somewhere in the world: ocean, river, lake, stream, swimming pool, boiling kettle, splash of a puddle – anything in which water is the defining sound.

These reimagined sounds have been recomposed and re-edited by Cities and Memory into this 30-minute mixed sound piece incorporating many of the sounds in a new context.

This final piece presents a collective curated reimagining of the sounds of water from artists around the world in one piece, a shared reflection on water and the role it has in our lives. By capturing the sounds of water and recontextualising them, we can examine our own relationship with water as it surrounds us every day.

Here are the two pieces that I contributed to the overall project:

Field Recording:

Remix: