ramsdale stones

ramsdale stones

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

GUITAR AND BAMBOO


This is a recording made by scraping the slide guitar over the small stalks and leaves of a bamboo bush. The resulting music was put through the tiny Marshall amp and recorded on a Zoom H4 standing a metre away. Plenty of extraneous noise from traffic and seagulls forms a backdrop of undulating sound.

Guitar and bamboo by Chris Whitehead

Thursday, 14 July 2011

MUDFLATS: ESTUARY REVIEWED BY ACTS OF SILENCE

Here's a short review of Estuary by David Nemeth for his acts of silence blog.

Chris Whitehead’s “Estuary” on Impulsive Habit is a fascinating montage of Morecambe Bay in England.

Chris Whitehead is a sound artist from North East England who specializes in field recordings. His first two releases are on Electronic Musik. Valentine (2010) recorded the streams by Sandsend and Kettleness and pheasants and other birds at night fall, while 100 Birthdays (2010) examined the movement of people in London. Whitehead combines both natural and man-made sounds in his Impulsive Habit release, Estuary. Recorded last year in Morecambe Bay in North West England just shy of the Scottish border, Whitehead pieced together various recordings he made over a week’s time of the expansive mudflats. The track is a combination of hydrophone recordings of the water flow and, as Whitehead called it, “breathing mud” as well as more standard recordings captured during his time there.