Gloucester Cathedral side room - composite audio (full recording)

by Site Singing

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This track is panned for a spatial effect, best heard on stereo speakers arranged to face each other with as big a gap between as possible, or on stereo headphones.

Voices: Ellen Southern and Chloé Turpin

This audio was made on the first Site Singing field trip where I took a fellow singer along with me. Having made every field trip solo until now, it felt a radical departure, and a little like introducing one friend, the singer Chloé Turpin, to another friend, Over Bridge.

I let her choose which site we should visit and she chose Over Bridge, just outside Gloucester. On the way to the bridge, we passed through the city centre, and we stopped off in the Cathedral, as neither of us had ever been inside (I had seen it closed on a previous trip, she had never been to this city before). It was stretching the parameters of the project a little, as it is not an English Heritage site, and definitley not 'lesser-visited', but we couldnt resist!.

We went inside and were amazed at the sights and sounds within. We found a small side room which felt a little secret, and started out first voice work of the day spontaneously in there. You can hear the voices of visitors and the wonderful reverbarent acoustics - both these native sounds informed the resulting voice work. I found it interesting that some quite modal melodic elements found their way into what we were doing, so there was a calm hymn-like quality which kept coming through in what we did.

We each carried a hand held field recorder as we moved slowly around the space. Careful listening reveals that it sounds like there are more than two voices - the singer opposite can occasionally be heard across the room. We had 1hand held field recorder each, and this audio is panned left and right to give a spatial effect to the combining sounds. One of the recordings is shifted a few seconds behind the other, to accentuate the echo effect.

At one point a lone woman, a stranger, stepped into our little side room and spent time listening in silence. She left without a word, and the encounter felt very beautiful and intimate.


released March 9, 2017



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Site Singing Bristol, UK

Use of headphones recommended.


"I am enjoying freeing my voice from any kind of formality or expectation - its more about sound that music at this stage. I am open to music evolving but its nice to just be listening anew - to myself and to the sites and their surroundings" (excerpt from blog entry for Uley and Nympsfield).
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