Over Bridge, first visit with another singer - composite audio (modern bridge excerpt)

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See the blog entry here: sitesinging.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/first-field-trip-with-another-singer-over-bridge-and-gloucester-cathedral/

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

For this recording, we stood under the modern bridge built in the 1970's alongside the abandoned Victorian stone bridge. We had one hand held field recorder each, and this audio is panned left and right to give a spatial effect to the combining sounds.

Careful listening reveals the trembling of the metal on the road bridge caused by the cars and trucks over heard. I remember how the different size and weight of the vehicle made a different pitch of sound, and different accompanying textures. As mentioned above, this is a very multi-layered site, sonically speaking. There is a constant hum of distant cars, like an ambient drone, together with immediate cars and trucks over head which cause a whooshing and click click sound. It was interesting to listen back and see this reflected in the sounds we chose to make. There is also birdsong from the surrounding trees and bushes, rather neglected and weed ridden. A kind of desolate space, which also somehow feels a bit secret and illicit through its abandonment.

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released March 12, 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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