Colliding Lines presents the first in our series of collaborative audio experiments, River . Pathway . Static. Each release in our series features one original piece of work, and one response to a previous release.
Led by artists Stephan Barrett and Sylvia Hallett, Side A of the release is a sonic journey through cracks in the pavement. Taking field recordings of daily-walked routes as its starting point, Stephan and Sylvia perform between, behind and within these landscapes; their interventions and responses almost imperceptible from naturally occurring sound. The instruments and implements accompanying them on their journey include clarinet, a spring box, bells, a bowed bicycle wheel, mbira and whiskey glasses; a multilayered exploration of hidden details and worlds we miss in the everyday.
Side B is Nick Murray's audio interpretation of H O M E, an anthology of new visual poetry produced by Colliding Lines. In the anthology, we asked ten poets to submit work to be re-imagined by five graphic artists, the resulting pieces taking on new meaning through the collaborative process. The work here follows suit, with Nick responding to each poem – building a sonic landscape around each poet's voice, intending to embellish, accompany or re-contextualise their work into a new medium.
The artwork for this release is specially created by award-winning composer, experimental vocalist and artist Nichola Scrutton. Her work includes sound and soundscape composition, performance, improvisation and drawing. Nichola has extensive experience as a collaborator in interdisciplinary and participatory contexts. She is currently developing a new body of work with support from a Creative Scotland Award.
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"What speaks to us, seemingly, is always the big event, the untoward, the extra-ordinary: the front-page splash, the banner headlines. Railway trains only begin to exist when they are derailed… What we’re experiencing, the rest, where is it? How should we take account of, question, describe what happens every day and recurs everyday: the banal, the quotidian, the obvious, the ordinary?” – Georges Perec, The Infra-Ordinary (1973)
released July 19, 2021
Recorded by Stephan Barrett, Sylvia Hallett and Helen Frosi
Stephan Barrett: field recordings objects, keyboard, clarinet, bells, spring box
Sylvia Hallett: hardanger fiddle, bowed bicycle wheel, mbira, wine & whiskey glasses
Helen Frosi: field recordings
Wes Freeman-Smith: notebook readings
Mixed by Stephan Barrett & Sylvia Hallett
Matstered by Theresa Elflein