Monday, 11 November 2013

Public Record: Estuary.

A few months ago we were approached by writer/poet Justin Hopper and asked to create some music for an audio poem piece he was creating for the Shorelines 2013 Literature Festival. Obviously, we jumped at the chance and wrote the intro and outro sections which can be heard in the Soundcloud player below. Working with him was a group of local poets who were doing the readings and well-known sound artist Scanner who added incidental and mood music to the whole piece.

From the Metal organisations website:
"Public Record: Estuary is a cycle of audio poems intended to be listened to on walks around the old fishing village of Leigh-on-Sea. The poems are inspired by archival reports of 19th-century Estuary sea accidents. Set against the sights of today’s Estuary, they offer a new perspective on the clash of picturesque landscape and post-industrial edgelands. As you walk, you’ll find yourself immersed in the forgotten lives and colourful past of this “half-marine place”, caught between nature and industry, between ancient and modern. Written and produced by Justin Hopper"

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During the festival we accompanied the guided walk, backing several poems with acoustic improvisations in first the festival headquarters and then during the dying light of the day in two locations on the walk.  

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