Richard Hammersley | Ambient Water

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Avant Garde: Musique Concrète Electronic: Ambient Moods: Type: Experimental
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Ambient Water

by Richard Hammersley

Organised sound, mostly from vocal and water sources, suggestive of emotional landscapes.
Genre: Avant Garde: Musique Concrète
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1. Fast Castle
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2. Water Tower and Caller
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3. Plain
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4. Canada Prairie Stripboard
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Four different pieces of organised sound. These pieces manipulate and edit recordings of material that lacks tonality or harmony. There is still rhythm, and the possibility of variations of pitch, duration, inversion and reversal. They also have a common theme of an emotional response to a landscape that is bleak, overwhelming and glorious. Another commonality is that I have tried very hard in these pieces to avoid some of what I consider to be the cliches of electronic, improvised and other musics that don't use conventional musical forms. I have tried to avoid "funny noises", drones and the slow build to some sort of climax. The four pieces span a 30 year period from the early 1980s, to 2009. Fast Castle from 2009 uses a digital recording of waves on a beach. One segment of the recording is considerably slowed down and lowered in pitch and forms the background of the piece, other material and motifs were edited out of the recording and added in, using Garageband. Water tower and caller uses a recording of water running through a tower of household pans in a bath, with a vocal improvised on the other channel of the tape recorder. The tape was made in 1985. In 2010 I edited it using Garageband. Amongst other things I abused the facility to pitch shift notes into key. Plain was made using two 4-track reel-to-reel tape recorders, with extensive redubbing and splicing of tapes. The source material is my voice. It was made across a long period during 1982-1983. Canada Prairie Stripboard was made in 1984 with similar techniques. However in search of some sort of purity of these analogue techniques there is no source recording. The sound was made by unwinding a cassette tape then rubbing a magnet across the pile of tape, rewinding the tape, playing it back and recording the result on a reel-to-reel recorder. The cassette recorder required degaussing afterwards.


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