At the Slate’s Edge

by David Hopewell

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Close-up 23:25


Environmental Recordings for the "At the Slate's Edge" Exhibition at Oriel Ynys Mon

The 8 tracks are a series of short environmental recordings taken at different times and places in the environs of Bethesda. They are the aural equivalent of Polaroid photographs, recording a diverse range of soundscapes within the valley.

The Voice of Slate and Close-up
The first two tracks concentrate on individual sounds, picked out of the environment and individually isolated. These include the sounds of slate on the quarry tips, animals, cars, individual leaves and activity on Bethesda High Street.

Sound Prints
When recording environmental sounds with sensitive microphones the first thing that is noticeable is that it is never quiet. There is always a high level of background noise from the rivers, the quarry, the road, the wind and all the other natural and artificial processes in the environment. Our brains normally filter out all of this extraneous noise so we perceive sounds in isolation, as in Close -up (Track 2) The set of 6 "sound prints" examines this phenomenon by recording the sounds of Bethesda from distant mountains, woods and quarry tips. At times all that can be heard is the roar of the valley.


released March 10, 2014


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