"I wanted to create a piece along the route from Lumb Hole to Blake Dean, two popular and beautiful spots in adjacent river valleys. The route took me past a ruined farmhouse marked 'Coppy' on the map, a collapsed shooting butt on Shackleton Knoll itself, what appeared to be an overgrown Victorian landscaped waterfall valley, a section of woodland river and finally to the stone supports that once held up the railway which moved the stone for local reservoir construction.
I could not complete the recordings all at once so, over a period of four evenings and one morning, I would start at Lumb Hole and venture a little further to my recording location, before returning. On the Thursday I walked the entire distance to Blake Dean and back, a round trip of a coincidental 7.7km.
The sections of the piece reflect the atmosphere of the locations. All the parts were recorded in the field using an iPad, a midi keyboard, a blue tooth speaker and a portable multi-track recorder."
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This album has been a gift to me when I’m having an emotional allergic reaction to the days filled with the endless emails, chores, financial anxiety, children having tantrums, so in and so forth.
Because of music like this I can put on a pair of good over ear headphones and just let my mind and body relax as the sound fills my ears.
It provides a sufficient sense of now for me to stand on and get by bearings in a world where nothing seems to last.