Stanton Drew standing stones - composite audio

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In December I visited Stanton Drew standing stones, just south of Bristol. Here are some photos, and a short (very windy - despite a microphone protector!) sound-sketch from Stanton Drew on a cold winters day.

See the English Heritage website for more info and directions:
www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stanton-drew-circles-and-cove/

The wind is very present in this open space, and this was why when beginning the Site Singing project, I chose sites which offered a variety of enclosed or semi-enclosed spaces – spaces that could hold, reflect or alter vocal sounds, even if just briefly. But I had the opportunity to visit Stanton Drew by car with my sister and partner, so I gladly went along as I had never actually been there, despite how close they are to Bristol.

Approaching this site through a small village and past some farm land, it emerges as others have – real but some how unbelievable. It still seems incredible that in amongst the familiar and the everyday, such a place can be found. Reaching out and touching the stones, I leaned in and sang very close to several, trying to shield my voice from exposure, shared just between the stone and myself. In such a wide-open and impressive space, this vocalising felt warm and intimate, almost child-like. It didn’t feel it needed to be much, I felt comfortable feeling small here.

The recording suffered from the exposure of the site - the wind is very dominant and I did actually get help in modifying it slightly to make it easier on the listener. Despite maybe not being a 'good' recording in some technical ways, the intimacy and quietness of the singing, the proximity of my lips and breath to the stones, is what makes this work a fond memory for me.

Read the full blog entry here:
sitesinging.wordpress.com/2017/02/02/stanton-drew-stone-circles-and-cove

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released February 2, 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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