Over Bridge 2nd visit - composite audio 1

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The weather was unsettled and the river was high from storms and flooding on this field trip. I was standing below the bridge to shelter from a rainstorm, and when it stopped, the light turned a strange peachy-orange colour. I looked out, and rainbow rapidly was revealed in the sky. When I turned around and saw it, it literally took my breath away, and made an involuntary vocal exclaimation. This resonated in the acoustics of the space, so I used that intake of breath / gasp sound as the basis for some vocal explorations in the space where I was - the small niche under the bridge.

This audio was recorded in the winter of 2015, but has only just been made into this sound-sketch. I constructued it from extracting only the intakes of breath from a recording, using only exhalation / one out breath at the end. It is in 2 layers (panned left and right, headphones recommended), one of which is actually treated with a subtle delaying and pitch lowering effect, which creates a slightly sinister gruff 'response' sound. This is the first time I have done this on a Site Singing sound-work, and it respresents the first small experiment in that direction.

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released April 20, 2017

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"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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