Belfast Lough

Belfast Lough is an environmentally informed project using field recordings from urban and rural locations around the Belfast Lough area. The work has been composed to take advantage of the unique spatial possibilities of the Sonic Lab.
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Slieve Gullion

Slieve Gullion is renowned as an area of natural beauty, but what does it sound like? Over 6 months, we recorded the soundscape of the mountain: from foot to summit. Using surround recording techniques and a variety of microphones, we captured the sounds of the dawn chorus, forest winds, farm animals, streams, and sounds from within the mountain-top cairn and lake. In this way, we could explore unique sounds and spaces that make up the soundscape of the area.
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On or Under the Surface of Land

This works suggests a subtle shift in practice: from fixed to live, from predetermination to intervention. This evolution is slow and cautious, reflected in the treatment of the sound material. Changes in texture and intensity are explored slowly over the duration, blending minimal environments and hinting at the patient listening process involved in field recording.
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‘Correspondence’ combines recordings from two different cities: Belfast and Rio de Janeiro. The composition explores unexpected similarities and variations in spatial density between two disparate sonic environments. The recordings open a dialogue, constructing a composition that maintains a sense of presence and initiates transitions between spaces not normally associated with either location. The recordings were made over a two month period between April and May 2014.
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Lough Foyle

‘Lough Foyle’ was conceived as a long-form radio composition, commissioned by Resonance FM as part of their residency at Void Gallery during the 2013 UK City of Culture celebrations in Derry.

We recorded the sonic environment of various locations surrounding the Lough, using the recording process as a way of establishing a relationship with each location. Lough Foyle as a place of transition, a border.

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‘Lagan:Behind’ is a long-form composition that re-imagines the intricate, complex soundscape of the area around a particular wooden bridge, which links the Lagan towpath to the meadows – a route well known to Belfast’s walkers and cyclists.

We recorded extensively in a set location over a six-month period, allowing us to experience the sonic environment: an ever-changing rural scene alive with birdsong and the flowing Lagan, coloured with subtle reminders of its proximity to urban Belfast. Over time, various perspectives will slowly blend and develop.
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